Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of England’s three upcoming games after suffering an injury in his side’s game against Manchester City.
The 22-year-old went down in the 63rd minute of the 1-1 draw with a suspected calf problem, and was replaced by James Milner.
The Three Lions take on the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on Thursday before Nations League games against Belgium on Sunday and Iceland the following Wednesday.
And Reds manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed at full-time that Alexander-Arnold would not be travelling with the England squad following the injury.
“Trent will be out for England, that is clear,” Klopp said.
“What he has, we don’t know, but he cannot play for England. He will not be the last and not the only one who Gareth [Southgate] will miss for this international break.
“He will have a scan tomorrow and then we will see.”
It remains to be seen how long he is out for, but Liverpool will be desperately hoping it is nothing too serious, especially given their recent problems at the back such as the long-term loss of Virgil van Dijk.
England should be able to cope without Alexander-Arnold considering manager Gareth Southgate included four other right-backs in his squad.
Chelsea’s Reece James, Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal, Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker of Manchester City were all called up, and it remains to be seen who Southgate decides to hand an opportunity to in the absence of Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold has again been practically an ever-present for Liverpool so far this season, creating three assists for his team in all competitions.
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