Joe Gomez will miss England’s upcoming friendly against Italy as a result of the injury he picked up during Friday’s win over the Netherlands.
The Liverpool star has been hit with a cruel blow to his ambitions of sealing a place in Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad, with his club duties now representing his final auditions for a role in Russia.
Gomez was handed a start as part of England’s central defensive trio against the Dutch, but limped off after 10 minutes following a awkward fall on his ankle.
The 20-year-old has now withdrawn from the England cohort and returned to Merseyside for further examination, Liverpool confirmed on the club’s official website.
His injury arrives as an untimely personal setback for Gomez ahead of a defining stage of the season for Liverpool, including a Champions League quarter-final, and a World Cup he arguably deserves to be a part of.
Gomez is currently enjoying his most productive campaign at senior level, slotting in admirably for the injured Nathaniel Clyne and taking meaningful strides towards his eventual transition into a central role under Jurgen Klopp.
Any spell on the sidelines will mount an added pressure on Trent Alexander-Arnold to continue flourishing when the stakes get higher during the concluding run of games.
Having endured a torrid time out of action with a knee problem across 2015/2016, Gomez will be hoping to avoid another disruption to his development.