Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is out of the England squad for their three November internationals after suffering a potentially serious knee injury.
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.
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 Gomez would be another huge injury blow for Liverpool, who are expected to be without fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after he suffered a severe knee injury against Everton last month.