Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s worst injury fears confirmed

Liverpool have confirmed the devastating news that Alex Oxlade Chamberlain’s season is over – and so is his World Cup.

Scans revealed serious knee ligament damage following the tackle which saw him stretchered off during the Reds’ Champions’ League semi final showdown with Roma.

Medics will now assess the full extent of the damage before putting a definitive time-frame on his recovery programme, but they accept it will be in terms of months rather than weeks, which means he will miss England’s World Cup final journey to Russia this summer.

National team coach Gareth Southgate was devastated at the news, and he spoke to Oxlade-Chamberlain personally this afternoon, to offer sympathy, as the midfielder shared his disappointing diagnosis.

The midfielder – who has enjoyed a renaissance under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield this season after his summer switch from Arsenal – was at Melwood today to speak with his manager and the Liverpool medical team.

Liverpool issued a statement confirming the bad news, explaining the player suffered a “knee ligament injury” when tackling during the Roma game.

They also confirmed that his domestic and international seasons are over, and his return will be in the new campaign.

It is a big blow to Klopp too, with the German coach’s midfield resources now down to the bare bones, with both Adam Lallana and Emre Can also ruled out of the remainder Premier League season – though both are hopeful they may still be fit for the Champions’ League final.

With Marko Grujic on loan to Cardiff and Liverpool unable to recall him under the conditions of the deal, it could see Klopp turn to youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold as a midfield back up.

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