- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out on the remainder of Liverpool’s season
- The England midfielder sustained an injury during Liverpool’s 5-2 win over Roma
- The 24-year-old looked set for a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad
- Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained significant damage to his knee ligaments
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss another World Cup after his season was ended by a serious knee injury.
The Liverpool midfielder feared the worst on Tuesday night when he was taken off on a stretcher during the first half of his side’s 5-2 win over Roma in the Champions League semi-final but had to wait until today to undergo a scan.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has become such a big figure for Liverpool in recent weeks, has suffered significant damage to his knee ligaments and is looking at rehabilitation period of months rather than weeks.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared in considerable pain and was forced off in the 17th minute
It is a devastating blow for the player, who was in line to be an important squad member for Gareth Southgate, and for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who admitted that the first leg thrashing of Roma had been tempered by concerns for Oxlade-Chamberlain.
He was at Melwood on Tuesday to be assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff and has spoken on the phone to Southgate, who will share the same despondency as Klopp over the fate that has befallen the 24-year-old.
This is the third time that Oxlade-Chamberlain has been gravely injured on the eve of a major tournament. He was forced to miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after damaging medial ligaments in a friendly against Ecuador then he was ruled out of Euro 2016 with an ankle issue.
Liverpool have been hit in recent weeks by a number of injuries to key players. Emre Can is unlikely to play again this season due to a back problem while Adam Lallana is fighting to overcome a serious hamstring issue. He could return to training next week but is some way off being fit to play in a game.
Author: Nancy Parker
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