Lewin to return home

England team physiotherapist Gary Lewin will return to England this week for ankle surgery following his accident during the Italy match in Manaus.

During the Daniel Sturridge goal celebration, Lewin caught his foot in the astro-turf and suffered a fracture and dislocation of the ankle.  He was immediately treated in the dugout by England Doctor Ian Beasley.

Lewin flew back from Manaus to Rio with the team on Saturday night and has been treated by the England medical staff at the Royal Tulip Hotel since the injury occurred.

England v Italy was Lewin’s 205th match as physio for the England senior team.  He was brought into the England set-up by manager Glenn Hoddle in 1996 and became a full-time FA staff member in 2008 following a long career at Arsenal Football Club, where he was senior team physio for over 1,200 matches.

Lewin has worked with the Three Lions at five FIFA World Cups and was physio for the Great Britain football team at the 2012 London Olympics.  

He said: “I’m absolutely devastated to be going home.  A lot of hard work, planning and preparation has gone into this tournament.  England has a fantastic backroom staff who will continue to provide excellent support to the players and management.

“I’d like to thank my England colleagues and the FIFA medical officers at the Amazonia Arena for their excellent, professional treatment.  And of course, I wish the England team all the best for the rest of the tournament.” 

England Manager Roy Hodgson said:  “It’s very unfortunate for Gary and us that this accident occurred. We will of course miss him as he’s an extremely experienced and popular member of staff.  However, we wish him a speedy recovery and know he’ll be cheering us on from back home.”

England’s other physio Steve Kemp will remain in the camp and oversee this area in Lewin’s absence.  

The FA and Gary Lewin will make no further comment at this time and kindly asks the media to respect his family’s privacy.