In the latest Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain news, his hopes of securing a place in Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad appear slim after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his knee injury “doesn’t look good”.
The England midfielder is also in greater danger of missing his first Champions League final following Liverpool’s thrilling 5-2 win over Roma in the semi-final first leg at Anfield on Tuesday night.
Oxlade-Chamberlain started the match against the Italian side but sustained the injury after making a tackle on Aleksandar Kolarov and was replaced in the 18th minute, having received treatment both before and after his substitution.
The 24-year-old now faces an anxious wait to discover the extent of the damage, with Southgate set to name his provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup by May 14, before trimming it down to 23 by June 4.
The early prognosis though does not appear to be in his favour, with Klopp admitting his season could now be over.
“We don’t know exactly but if the medical department are quite concerned without a scan, you can imagine it’s difficult,” the Liverpool boss said after the Reds’ 5-2 win.
“The season is not that long anymore. It doesn’t look good.
“I’m a very positive person and still hope it only feels bad, but is not that bad. We’ll see.
“We lost a fantastic player tonight. It’s not good news.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain had looked to be a certain inclusion in the World Cup squad, having featured in both of the recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy, but now must hope for positive news from the medical team.
Liverpool are next in action against Stoke City at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime before they then hope to avoid Barcelona’s fate when they travel to the Stadio Olimpico for the return leg against Roma next Wednesday, for which Klopp’s men are priced at 7/4 to win with Comeon.