Liverpool defensive woes continue with defender Joe Gomez suffering a potentially serious injury during England’s training session.
The centre-back will undergo further diagnosis on the issue with his club’s medical team after suffering the problem in England training on Wednesday.
The FA has yet to comment on the incident, which occurred during Wednesday morning’s session, but Gomez is understood to be receiving treatment, while the extent of the injury is being assessed.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate says the full extent of the injury is not yet known but he was “in a fair bit of pain”, which will undoubtedly cause serious concerns for the champions, who have mounting injury problems.
Southgate said: “I can’t tell you how serious it is because he is yet to have scans. What was upsetting was to see he was in a fair bit of pain, and the fact there was nobody around him when the injury happened.
“We just have to wait and see what the scans show, and we are all hopeful for him that it is not what it might be. But it’s not a good situation. I don’t see him being involved in the games with us, that’s for sure.
“My immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had some difficulties with injuries with him in the past. So we are praying it’s not going to be a long-term one. But we just have to see.”
A long-term absence for Joe Gomez would be a major blow to Liverpool, who are expected to be without fellow center-back Virgil Van Dijk for the rest of the season after he suffered a severe knee injury against Everton last month.
Jurgen Klopp has also been without central midfielder Fabinho, who deputised at center-back following Van Dijk’s injury, but the Brazilian is expected to return to action after the international break.
England are scheduled to play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on Thursday, before taking on Belgium and Iceland in the UEFA Nations Leagues fixtures.
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