LIVERPOOL — England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has suffered a “knee ligament injury” that may finish his season with Liverpool and rule him out of the World Cup.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was stretchered off early within the first half of Liverpool’s 5-2 win over Roma within the first leg of the Champions League semifinal at Anfield on Tuesday.
The midfielder underwent a scan on Wednesday the place it was confirmed he had sustained a ligament harm, after Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp had stated after the sport that the 24-year-old’s season was more likely to be over,
Oxlade-Chamberlain had been in rivalry to earn a beginning spot for England in Russia this summer time, after taking part in in 5 of the Three Lions’ six World Cup qualifiers in 2017. He additionally began each of England’s friendlies in March towards Italy and Netherlands.
The previous Arsenal man had been named in England’s 2014 World Cup squad as a 20-year-old, however he suffered a minor knee harm in a warm-up pleasant and didn’t play within the event.
A supply instructed ESPN FC that Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was current at Liverpool’s Melwood coaching floor on Wednesday, had personally known as England supervisor Gareth Southgate to debate the harm.
Oxlade-Chamberlain expressed his devastation at having his season ended, writing on social media: “Completely devastated to have picked up that harm at such an important time within the season.
“Gutted I won’t be able to play any further part now in our Champions League run for Liverpool, and also the World Cup with England. But now it’s all about supporting the boys and getting behind them. I know we have what it takes to do something special in this tournament.”
The Merseyside membership stated in an announcement: “Liverpool FC can affirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s 2017-18 season is over for each membership and nation as a result of a knee ligament harm sustained towards AS Roma on Tuesday night.
“The 24-year-old was assessed by the membership’s medical workforce at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no particular timescale is being positioned upon his return to motion at this stage.
“However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain had made 42 appearances for Liverpool this season since leaving Arsenal in the summertime.
His harm leaves Liverpool with simply three match senior central midfielders — Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum. Emre Can nonetheless stays sidelined with the again harm that he sustained in March, whereas Adam Lallana continues his restoration from a hamstring harm.
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.