Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will miss the England squad for international matches on November 3 after suffering a serious knee injury.
The central defender will undergo further diagnosis of this issue with his club’s medical team after he ran into trouble in England training on Wednesday.
Three Lions coach Gareth Southgate said the full extent of the injury was not yet known but he was “in a great deal of pain”, which will undoubtedly lead to serious concerns for the champions with growing injury problems.
Southgate said, “I can’t tell you how dangerous he was because he hadn’t yet had an x-ray. The thing that was upsetting was seeing him in some pain, and the fact that no one was around when the injury happened.”
“We just have to wait and see what the scans show, and we all hope for him he’s not what he might be. But the situation isn’t as good. I don’t see him playing games with us, for sure.”
“My immediate thoughts are with him because he has had some difficulties with injuries with him in the past. So we pray it not to be long lasting. But we just have to see.”
The long-term absence of Gomez would be another big blow for Liverpool, who is expected to miss fellow center-back Virgil van Dijk for the remainder of the season after suffering a severe knee injury in front of Everton last month.
Coach Juergen Klopp is also absent from right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold for nearly a month, as is Fabinho, who was acting on Van Dijk, although the Brazilian is expected to return after the international break.
Gomez will definitely miss England’s friendly match against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday and the remaining two Nations League matches against Belgium on Sunday and Iceland next Wednesday, Although the latter is not certain due to coronavirus restrictions.
Anyone who is not a resident of the United Kingdom is currently being banned from entering the country from Denmark, as Iceland plays on Sunday, due to the discovery of a new strain of the virus on mink farms in the Scandinavian country.
In better news, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is set to join the England squad after a shoulder problem was assessed by his club after their 3-1 win over Everton last Saturday.
The Rashford striker will travel to St George’s Park on Thursday – the day of the Republic of Ireland match – which will likely make it available to Belgium on Sunday and Iceland – pending a decision from the government on Thursday – next Wednesday.
While the extent of Gomez’s injury has yet to be determined, it is another defensive blow for Liverpool.
The winter transfer window opens on January 2 and the Reds may be in the market for defenders if Gomez also faces a long run on the sidelines, but what do their matches look like until then?
The remaining Liverpool matches in 2020
|Saturday, November 21||Leicester (H)||Premier League|
|Wednesday 25 November||Atalanta (H)||Champions League|
|Saturday 28 November||Brighton (A)||Premier League|
|Tuesday, December 1||Ajax (at home)||Champions League|
|Saturday 5th December||Wolves (h)||Premier League|
|Wednesday 9 December||Midgeland (A)||Champions League|
|Saturday 12 December||Fulham (A)||Premier League|
|Wednesday 16 December||Tottenham (H)||Premier League|
|Saturday 19 December||Crystal Palace (A)||Premier League|
|Saturday 26 December||West Bromwich (H)||Premier League|
|Monday, December 28||Newcastle (A)||Premier League|
Jürgen Klopp’s team returned to the stadiums on Saturday 21 November when they face current league leaders Leicester, Those who are trailed by one point and two places in the Premier League table.
In December, he will face Liverpool Wolves and Tottenham at home as well as tough trips to Crystal Palace and Newcastle in the Premier League matches. They will also face Southampton on Saturday 2 January – the day the winter transfer window opens.
Of course, there is also the Champions League group stage which has to be tackled before the new year. Liverpool have scored three wins out of three so far, And will have two home matches – first, against Atalanta on Wednesday, November 25, ahead of Ajax on Tuesday, December 1, followed by a final trip away from home to Midtgeland on Wednesday, December 9th.
Andy Robertson believes Liverpool’s point at Manchester City on Sunday has put them in good stead at the center of this season’s relentless agenda.
The champions lost the Premier League lead over the weekend, but were content to leave the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw, and Robertson feels they are in good shape to be third in the circumstances.
“We are always hungry for more, but we have to be happy,” he said. Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think when we started getting some injuries and losing two players to Covid-19, everyone expected the wheels to fall.
“But we managed to stabilize the ship a little and achieve some great results. That could last a long time and it could last a long time to build our confidence and build our performance.
Arsenal full-back Bokayo Saka is grateful to England captain Harry Kane for helping him settle into the national team and hopes to return the confidence shown by coach Gareth Southgate.
Saka, who made him The first appearance of the English national team against Wales Last month, he was called up to the Southgate squad for the second time, ahead of matches against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a huge boost since storming Arsenal’s first team in November 2018, revealing that it was Kane, Tottenham Hotspur striker and England captain, who helped him stabilize when he joined his international teammates.
“All the kids have been good with me from the first moment I came,” Saca said at his first press conference with England.
“Harry Kane put his arm around me, talked to me and asked about my condition. For him, it helped me settle in faster and made me feel comfortable being the same with everyone.
“It helps me not only off the field but also on the field as well, because I feel I can be myself, express myself and play with confidence that I am playing back in my team.”
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