Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury with England on Wednesday evening. The Liverpool star looks like a doubt for Euro 2020.
Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold left England vs Austria early with an injury. The friendly, played in preparation of Euro 2020, finished 1-0.
But an injury to Alexander-Arnold certainly puts a dampener on things. The right-back cleared the ball up the pitch late on but immediately felt a problem.
There’s no update yet but it certainly looked like a muscle injury. The 22-year-old appeared to say ‘it’s gone’ as he left the field, suggesting he’s pulled something.
“We’re going to have a look. It’s not good to see him come off in the way he did,” Gareth Southgate told ITV after the game.
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“We’ll have to assess him over the next 24 hours. I think thigh but the medical team are assessing him. We’ll have to see. It’s not a good sign to see him have to walk off as he did. We’ll know more in 24 to 48 hours.”
What does the Alexander-Arnold injury mean for England?
Fortunately for Southgate, he picked four right-backs in his squad. If Alexander-Arnold can’t make the tournament, he should be covered.
But it’s a blow. There’s no question for us that Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back in the England squad. He is arguably the most impressive player, given his track record both individually and with Liverpool.
England are much weaker without him and their chances of winning Euro 2020 fall with Alexander-Arnold missing.
More importantly, what does this mean for Liverpool?
Well, apparently the curse has spread to fullbacks now. Or more likely, this game came too soon for Alexander-Arnold after a gruelling season with Liverpool.
We need to wait and see the result of scans etc. before properly judging but this certainly isn’t good. There’s a real chance Alexander-Arnold misses a couple of months here if the injury is serious.
It’s also hard to see him competing at Euro 2020. For us, that’s a blow as we were really hoping it would help him carry over his fantastic late-season form into the next campaign.
An injury doesn’t just rule out that possibility but it creates the opposite situation. Alexander-Arnold would be forced to work himself back up to fitness, completely killing his momentum. There’s a good chance he misses some of pre-season now.
But as we say, it’s a case of wait and see with this one. Perhaps it’s a far more minor strain than it appeared. Maybe Alexander-Arnold simply didn’t want to take any chances and said something the moment he felt an issue.
It really didn’t look that way, however – the Scouser looked devastated.
We’ll be crossing our fingers that this doesn’t affect Liverpool’s start to the season too significantly, then. We know how these things can go, unfortunately.