Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has been suffered a huge blow with the news that the injury he aggravated in the 0-0 draw against Stoke City last month will keep him out of both the upcoming Champions League final and the World Cup.
The former Charlton player originally sustained a problem when on England duty in the Netherlands in March, but having recovered from it initially he is now out for a longer period of time, which will mean he misses some massive action.
Gomez had to bide his time when he arrived at Anfield in 2015 but he has had his most productive campaign to date, making 31 appearances in all competitions for his club as well as making his debut for his country in Gareth Southgate’s new system of three at the back.
Sadly for the 20-year-old ankle surgery has put paid to the rest of the season but he was upbeat after the operation was performed.
“Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery,” BBC Sport quote him as saying.
“Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team. I’m going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season,”
The surgery comes at a rotten time for the defender who although may not have started in the Champions League final, he was widely expected to be a huge part of the England squad in the World Cup in Russia.
He will now have to watch that tournament while he begins his recovery from the injury. He is the second Liverpool player to be put in that position, after news broke last week that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also out of the clash in Kiev and the tournament in the summer.