Having ruled Mason Mount out of this weekend’s Premier League meeting with Everton during his press conference on Friday afternoon, Graham Potter has given his thoughts on the player being named in the latest England squad the day before.
Mount has been troubled by a pubic bone injury with our head coach confirming in the conference he will also miss England’s matches against Italy and Ukraine. Potter has now discussed that further and confirmed he was surprised when Mount’s name was one of four Chelsea players in the Three Lions squad.
‘He's never been available as far as I am aware,’ said Potter.
‘He needed a bit of time for his injury to settle down which has pretty much ruled him out of England. Whether that meant they needed a bit of time to double-check that, I don't know.
‘I don’t think there is anything untoward at all,’ Potter emphasised. ‘It's more that sometimes with these things he can be named and yet there's still a couple of days where things can be changed. But from my selection perspective he wasn't available for the weekend.’
As with Raheem Sterling’s hamstring strain which Potter hopes the attacker will have recovered from for the Chelsea games after the international break, Mount’s absence may not be a lengthy one.
‘It's just a bit the niggly one,’ Potter reported. ‘He’ll have days when he feels good and then days when he has had setbacks. Hopefully if we can manage it through this period, he might be okay.’