One of England’s World Cup stars has been injured after a fight.
But coach Gareth Southgate need not worry as there is no police involvement in the incident, leaving only Dave The Cat to need a bandage.
The cat adopted by the Three Lions during the World Cup injured his paw during a catfight.
Dave The Cat was injured fighting with another cat who was jealous of the attention he was getting from players at their team hotel in Qatar.
Dave The Cat now sports a red and white bandage to treat an abscess on his front paw. He has been given antibiotics and is expected to make a full recovery
England players are arguing over who will become the cat’s owner when they return home. The animal will be well cared for, the FA have confirmed, and if the players cannot decide, a member of staff in the back room will look after the feline.
His wound turned into an abscess.
But Dave – who is at the center of a standoff between several players who all want him to live with them – is on the mend.
Vets treated his wound, gave him antibiotics to heal the abscess and wrapped the wound in a special bandage in the red and white colors of England to keep it clean while it healed.
Janet Berry, 58, who is caring for Dave at the Qatar Animal Welfare Society while awaiting his transfer to England next year, said: ‘He is an extremely social and loving cat.
“But he got into some trouble while he was at the England team hotel. He struggled and injured his left front leg.
“I think another cat must have been jealous of the attention he was getting from the England team.
“It turned into an abscess which required treatment. He has an English bandage now and seems to love it.
“His leg injury will be long gone and he will be fit to play again.”
Kyle Walker has pledged to bring Dave home after he fell in love with the stray dog when he started coming to dinner with the players at the team hotel near Qatar’s capital Doha.
The adorable tabby cat has become the team’s mascot and received his very own England mini shirt.
After the Lions’ loss to France in the quarter-finals, the players decided they still wanted to adopt him and arranged for local rescuers to begin the transfer process.
This week, the short-haired two-year-old servant was microchipped, vaccinated, had the cut and his injured leg was treated.
Dave was placed in temporary foster care ahead of a planned move to the UK in April after a period of quarantine.
Mystery surrounds the England stars’ mansion that will become his new home.
Janet added: “He’s definitely going home to England.
“But precisely where it will end up is still undecided. So many players want it.
The cat was adopted by the team after joining them for meals at their hotel in Doha. He had an abscess from a wound but is now healing
The cat has been vaccinated and neutered and will be quarantined before moving to England with the players
“They don’t have to make a decision now because he can’t move until April in order to comply with UK laws.”
“By then it will be fit to fly and ready to move in.
“The players will have to decide among themselves where he is going to live.
“I hope this will not affect the unity of the team.”
Manchester City’s England stars seem favorites to land the cat. Kyle, 32, has publicly declared his love for the cat.
But his teammate John Stones, 28, named him Dave and fed him regularly.
Kalvin Phillips, 27, said the English cat’s mascot. Fellow City star Phil Foden, 22, and Chelsea’s Raheem Sterling, 28, are also said to be big fans.
One player unlikely to welcome him is Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, 32, who is uncomfortable around cats and doesn’t like them roaming around the Souq Al Wakra hotel.
Janet said the England players were “incredible” for adopting Dave and “bringing him to life”.
She said: ‘Stray cats tend to hang out in the souk next to the hotel as it is a safe place.
“Their life expectancy in Qatar is only about four years at most due to traffic, lack of food and the over 50C heat in the summer.
Kyle Walker (L) and John Stones (R) are believed to be the first to bring Dave The Cat home as England fans argue over who will become Dave’s owner
“Dave’s future would have been bleak here. But he could easily live to be 25 with a safe home in the UK.
“The English players are really amazing. They give him life.
“What a fantastic group they are to take the time to go to the World Cup under all this pressure to care about a little tabby cat.”
“Having gotten to know him, I’m not surprised. He’s very outgoing and loves human company.
“His nature makes him utterly adorable. I knew early on that they would bring him home. The England team contacted me to make sure I was there to rescue him when they are gone.
“They told me to do whatever it takes to keep him happy and healthy until he can get to England.”
“He wasn’t too happy after the hit and stuck his tongue out at me. But now he spends his days curled up on the couch watching TV.
“Instead of looking for leftovers in the souk, he eats the best Royal Canin cat food.
“If we’re not careful he’ll be the size of a bus when he gets to England. He may have to train with the team.
Dave will have a blood test in a month to check for signs of rabies and then, if clear, he will have to wait another three months before he can travel safely.
A source close to the Three Lions said if the players couldn’t decide who would bring Dave home, a behind-the-scenes member of FA staff would deal with the feline.