Liverpool centre-back Joe Gomez’s injury isn’t as serious as first feared, says England manager Gareth Southgate.
Gomez sat out England’s 4-0 win over Kosovo on Sunday after suffering a knee injury in training two days earlier – every fan’s worst fear is seeing their players get hurt on international duty.
He sustained swelling to his knee, but scans have revealed it’s nothing serious. The defender will continue to be treated when he returns to Liverpool, revealed Dominic King.
Gareth Southgate says Joe Gomez had a scan on his knee problem but believes it is nothing serious; there is some minor swelling and he will be assessed by Liverpool. Southgate says Gomez will emerge “stronger” for the past week
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) November 16, 2019
Gomez will return to Liverpool ahead of a hectic run of fixtures for the European champions.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have three games in seven days before the end of November and have at least a further eight in December.
Much of this depends on the club’s progression in the Club World Cup, with their first game in that competition coming just a day after their Carabao Cup quarter-final with Aston Villa.
While the former Charlton youngster may not be a regular first-team starter at the moment, he’s obviously an option to use in this period, so the fact he’s not seriously injured is obviously a boost.
A return to fitness for Gomez will be key for both club and player as the youngster has started just one of Liverpool’s 12 games in the Premier League this season, against Norwich on the opening day.
The consistent form of Joel Matip, as well as good performances from Dejan Lovren has relegated Gomez down the order to partner Virgil Van Dijk. Still, with so many games coming up, having him fit and firing could provide the player a chance to earn his first-team chance.
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