England have been dealt a major blow as Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of Euro 2020 due to a thigh injury.
Alexander-Arnold limped out of England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday night.
He picked up a knock leading to fears over his participation in the summer tournament.
A subsequent scan has now revealed that the Liverpool defender has suffered a grade two quadricep tear.
This injury will keep him out of action for between four to six weeks.
England confirms Alexander-Arnold injury
The England camp have released an official statement confirming the news.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of UEFA EURO 2020.”
“The Liverpool player sustained a thigh injury in the closing stages of Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Austria in Middlesbrough.”
“A scan on Thursday confirmed the 22-year-old will be unable to play in the forthcoming tournament.”
“So, he’s withdrawn from the England squad.”
“Gareth Southgate will not confirm a replacement until after Sunday’s return to the Riverside Stadium for the warm-up fixture against Romania.”
Liverpool have released their own statement revealing that the defender will now return to Anfield to begin his recovery.
“Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from England’s Euro 2020 squad due to injury.”
“The 22-year-old will immediately start a rehabilitation programme with a view to returning in pre-season as the Reds prepare for 2021-22.”
Southgate on injury
Gareth Southgate gave an ominous update on Alexander Arnold after seeing his team beat Austria at the Riverside Stadium.
He admitted that he was unsure whether he’d be fit in time for the start of the European Championships.
“We’ve got to see, it’s obviously not a good sign that he’s had to walk off the pitch, and he was in some discomfort,” said the England boss.
“We’re so close to the finals that for any player, injuries makes them a doubt. But we will just have to see over the next 48 hours.”
Southgate will now have three days to select a replacement for Alexander-Arnold.
He was one of four right-backs included in his original 26-man squad.