Dele Allí has left the England camp after picking up a minor injury during Saturday’s UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain.
The Tottenham star has returned to his club facilities to receive treatment and will therefore not a play a part in Tuesday’s friendly against Switzerland.
Liverpool travel to face Spurs in the Premier League in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, with Alli’s withdrawal likely to be in view of recovering in time to feature at Wembley.
News of Alli’s departure was confirmed by the Three Lions’ official Twitter page, with the statement stressing the problem as merely a strain.
An update ahead of today’s training session: @dele_official has withdrawn from the squad due to a minor muscle strain picked up on Saturday.
— England (@England) September 10, 2018
The international break so often threatens nightmare scenarios for club managers, with Jurgen Klopp having been hit with his fair share of injury setbacks to key players.
No manager wishes injury on any player, nor does any true football fan, for that matter.
On the basis of it being a strain, it seems likely Alli will be fit to start for Mauricio Pochettino’s men as they seek a response to last week’s defeat at Watford.
Liverpool were recently rocked with their own injury blow when Adam Lallana withdrew from the England squad with a groin injury.
Other than the midfielder, the remaining Reds on international duty have so far all emerged unscathed from their respective games. Let’s hope that continues.