Weekly Football Phrase: To be doubtful for

As many international sides prepare for the European Championships on this week’s show we take a look at the phrase ‘to be doubtful for’

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This week we look at the phrase ‘to be doubtful for‘ which is used when it looks like a player is not going to be able to play in a game or a tournament due to injury. The fact that we are not 100% about the injury means that there is some doubt over whether he or she will play. Sometimes we use the noun form ‘a doubt‘ as in ‘he is a doubt for tomorrow’s match’ and this can collocate with words such as serious, big or minor, for example, Villa is a major doubt for the Spanish side. The adjective form doubtful is also used as in ‘Barry is doubtful for the Euros after hurting his groin’ which means the England team are not hopeful of Gareth Barry making the tournament – he may be ruled out. To be doubtful.

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