Joe Gomez has undergone successful knee surgery, with Liverpool hopeful he will be able to play some football again towards the end of this season.
The 23-year-old sustained a serious knee injury during England training – with no other player near him – at St George’s Park on Wednesday.
Gomez suffered no ligament damage and underwent surgery in London on Thursday to fix a damaged tendon in his left knee.
After being assessed by specialist doctors on Wednesday, Gomez was given some hope when he was told his season is not necessarily over – news which will give him belief he may still be able to play for England in next summer’s Euros.
Gomez will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Liverpool medical team immediately.
A Liverpool statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm Joe Gomez has today undergone successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee.
“The centre-back sustained the injury during a training session with the England national team on Wednesday.
“The issue was isolated to Gomez’s tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments.
“The operation to correct the damage, which took place in London on Thursday morning, was a success and the 23-year-old will make a full recovery.
“Gomez will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team immediately, with club staff carefully monitoring his progress.
“No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21.”
Nevertheless, it is a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp, who has already lost captain Virgil van Dijk for the season after a knee injury he sustained in the Merseyside derby.
When asked about Gomez at his news conference on Wednesday evening, England manager Gareth Southgate said: “My immediate thoughts are with him because he’s had some difficulties with injuries in the past.
“So we are praying it’s not going to be a long-term one. But we just have to see.”