Liverpool are hopeful defender Joe Gomez will be able to play some football again towards the end of this season.
The 23-year-old suffered a serious knee injury during England training – with no other player near him – at St George’s Park on Wednesday.
Final plans for his treatment and recovery have still to be finalised after the Liverpool defender twisted his knee during training.
But after being assessed by specialist doctors on Wednesday, Gomez was given some hope when he was told his season is not necessarily over – news which will give him belief he may still be able to play for England in next summer’s Euros.
Nevertheless, it is a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp, who has already lost captain Virgil van Dijk for the season after a knee injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby.
When asked about Gomez at his news conference on Wednesday evening, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “My immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had some difficulties with injuries in the past.
“So we are praying it’s not going to be a long-term one. But we just have to see.”
Redknapp: No Gomez, VVD puts huge stress on Liverpool
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp told the Pitch to Post podcast:
“I’m choked for Joe Gomez if it is a bad injury. He’s a young man who has already had knee injuries and come back brilliantly. I’m a big fan of his, he seems like a really good, down to earth player.
“I remember seeing him many years ago playing for Charlton in the FA Youth Cup and thinking ‘this is a star of the future’ and he’s certainly proved that at Liverpool. I just hope it’s not going to be anything too serious.
“From an England point of view, it’s a disappointment for Gareth Southgate, but for Jurgen Klopp, if this is a long-term one and you’ve got no Virgil, no Joe Gomez, that puts an enormous amount of stress on this squad from a team that were red-hot favourites at the start of the year.
“It’s certainly going to change things and for everybody else involved, that back two have been so impressive at times. It’s not been easy with no Virgil at the moment, but no Virgil and no Gomez is going to make it even more difficult.
“I suffered with injuries playing for England and it’s really hard to deal with because you’re so proud that you’re there but you also know it’s costing you an enormous amount of time in your career.
“I broke my ankle twice playing for England, tore my hamstring playing for England, it cost me an enormous amount of time. Of course you wouldn’t swap it for the world but there is something so frustrating because it should be the highlight to play for your country but when you come back injured, it’s frustrating for everybody.”