Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out of Euro 2020 with a thigh injury


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out of Euro 2020 and will depart England’s camp on Thursday night.

A medical assessment earlier in the day revealed that the Liverpool defender, 22, had suffered a grade two quad tear during England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria.

The scan confirmed the devastated defender’s worst fears and he will now withdraw from England’s squad for the tournament. He faces a recovery period of between four to six weeks.

The Liverpool right-back cleared the ball downfield in the closing stages of England’s 1-0 friendly win over Austria on Wednesday night, but appeared to injure his left leg doing so.

He immediately signalled to the England bench that he was not fit to see out the match and gingerly returned to the dugout with the England medical staff.

After the match England manager Gareth Southgate said Alexander-Arnold’s injury would be assessed on Thursday, but admitted seeing the right-back limp off against Austria was “not a good sign”.

Southgate said: “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.

“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.”

Alexander-Arnold will say his goodbyes to his England team-mates and depart the squad’s camp on Thursday night.

He will then focus on recovering from the injury.

Southgate is meanwhile expected to call up an additional player to replace Alexander-Arnold in England’s 26-man squad.

Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse, Ollie Watkins, Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey and Ben White were all cut from England’s Euro 2020 squad earlier this week.

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