Gareth Southgate admits the signs don’t look good for Joe Gomez after the Liverpool defender suffered a knee injury on England duty.
Gomez, 23, has returned to Merseyside to undergo scans after he went down in considerable pain in training with no one near him on Wednesday.
England boss Southgate is praying that Gomez has avoided serious injury, but it is feared he is now set to join Reds teammate Virgil van Dijk in facing a long spell on the sidelines.
Southgate, speaking on Wednesday evening, said: “I can’t tell you how serious it is because he’s yet to have scans.
“What was upsetting was to see he was in a fair bit of pain and the fact was there was nobody around him when the injury happened, so I didn’t like that element of it.
“But we’ve just got to wait and see what the scans show and we’re all hopeful for him that it’s 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.”
Gomez suffered a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury while playing for Southgate’s England Under-21s in October 2015 and injured his ankle representing the senior team in a friendly against Holland in March 2018.
The defender sustained a broken leg later that year and could now miss another lengthy period for Liverpool in what would be a bitter blow for Jurgen Klopp, who is already battling a defensive crisis.
Asked if he feared Gomez could have sustained an ACL injury having said “we’re all hopeful for him that it’s not what it might be”, Southgate added: “We can’t speculate on the exact nature of the injury. It’s not possible until we’ve seen scans.
“So, as I say, my immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had some difficulties with injury in the past, so we’re hoping as much as we possibly can and praying that it’s not going to be a long-term one but we just have to see.”
Having already lost Van Dijk to a serious injury, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are also currently sidelined for Liverpool – with Gomez now adding to Klopp’s woes.
Gomez featured alongside Joel Matip in the 1-1 stalemate with Manchester City at the weekend, while Fabinho had also been filling in at the back this season before he sustained an injury to his thigh.
With both of Liverpool’s first-choice centre-backs potentially out for a while, Jurgen Klopp may be forced to delve into the January transfer market to add defensive cover.
On Tuesday, it was also revealed that full-back Alexander-Arnold is expected to be out for up to four weeks.
The 22-year-old was forced off in the draw at Manchester City after pulling up with a calf strain.
If Alexander-Arnold is out for the full four weeks then he’ll miss Premier League clashes against Leicester, Brighton and Wolves and Champions League matches against Atalanta and Ajax.
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