Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will miss “a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21” the club has confirmed.
Gomez was injured earlier this week while training with Gareth Southgate’s England squad. He has since returned to Liverpool and undergone surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his knee.
The club released an official statement on Gomez’s injury on Thursday:
Liverpool Football Club can confirm Joe Gomez has today undergone successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee.
The centre-back sustained the injury during a training session with the England national team on Wednesday.
The issue was isolated to Gomez’s tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments.
The operation to correct the damage, which took place in London on Thursday morning, was a success and the 23-year-old will make a full recovery.
Gomez will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team immediately, with club staff carefully monitoring his progress.
No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21.
Jürgen Klopp will be very concerned at the congested fixture list and how it is impacting his first-team squad members this season. Gomez joins Virgil van Dijk on the long-term injury list while Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out for a few weeks.
The good news is that Joël Matip is back fit, for now, and Fabinho should be available for selection again after his international break.
Andy Robertson is now the only member of Liverpool’s first-choice back four that is fit. The Scotland captain led his nation to a penalty shootout victory and qualification for next summer’s European Championship finals on Thursday night.
Reds fans everywhere will now be hoping the left-back is rested after 120 gruelling minutes against Serbia. Scotland still have two UEFA Nations League games to play, against Slovakia and Israel, before Robertson is due to return to Merseyside.
Meanwhile, the Brazilian FA confirmed that Gabriel Menino tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty. Unfortunately, Liverpool players Alisson and Roberto Firmino had trained in a group with Menino before his positive test.
Here’s hoping neither of them contracted the virus from Menino and can safely return to LFC training next week.
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