BREAKING NEWS: Joe Gomez undergoes successful surgery to repair a tendon in his knee after suffering injury in England training… but Liverpool defender faces a race against time to be fit for Euro 2020
- Joe Gomez picked up a knee injury during England training on Wednesday
- The centre back has now undergone surgery to repair a tendon in his knee
- Liverpool will not rule their defender out of the rest of the season just yet
- But the rehab is thought to be long and his place at Euro 2020 is up in the air
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already been hit with injuries to defenders Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold
Joe Gomez has undergone surgery to repair a tendon in his knee with Liverpool deeming the operation to be a success.
The central defender was injured during a routine training session at St George’s Park yesterday and the nature in which he sustained it – there was nobody around him and there was no impact from a challenge – left England head coach Gareth Southgate devastated about the potential severity of the damage.
Gomez was scanned at St George’s Park last night and underwent the procedure to repair a tendon in his knee. Crucially, surgeons did not discover any damage to his cruciate, medial or lateral ligaments in his knee; had that been the case, his recovery would have been even more problematic.
Liverpool centre back Joe Gomez has undergone successful surgery on a knee injury
The defender sustained the injury on Wednesday during England training at St George’s Park
Gomez’s injury presents another problem for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in defence
Liverpool will not rule Gomez out for the rest of the season and have not put a timeframe on when they hope he will be back in a red shirt but it is understood the rehabilitation will be a long one and he faces a challenge to be ready for the European Championships next summer.
Though Liverpool and Gomez will be relieved that the operation went without any complications, it cannot hide the fact that it is still a devastating blow for all concerned that a player of such talent is facing another prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Gomez missed the World Cup and the Champions League final in 2018 following ankle surgery that was the result of an injury sustained playing for England against The Netherlands in March 2018.
He also missed a major part of 2019 after breaking his leg following a tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee in December 2018.
The England centre back now faces a race against time to be fit for the Euros next summer
Joe Gomez missed a chunk 2019 after breaking his leg against Burnley in December 2018
Liverpool will now be without Virgil van Dijk and Gomez, as they look to retain the Premier League title.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, the influential right-back, will miss the next four weeks due to a calf issue and Joel Matip is their only fit senior central defender.
But there could be good on the horizon as Fabinho, the midfielder who had been deputising for Van Dijk, is responding to treatment for a hamstring problem.
Virgil van Dijk is already out for the season and now Gomez has joined him on treatment table
Trent Alexander-Arnold is also out for the next four weeks after picking up a calf strain injury