Liverpool teenager Joe Gomez is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering suspected knee ligament damage whilst on duty for England Under-21s, according to the Guardian.
Although yet to be confirmed, concern is growing for the 18-year-old after he went down during England's comfortable 3-0 victory over Kazakhstan in the 80th minute and had to be substituted.
Gareth Southgate was optimistic after the game, saying he was hopeful it was "nothing too serious" but after further medical checks, it is believed the defender has suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.
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Such an injury usually brings with it a nine-month lay-off, meaning Gomez is likely to miss the rest of the campaign and leave Jurgen Klopp with his first major problem as Liverpool manager.
He underwent a scan at Spire Hospital and was assessed by Liverpool's medical team at their Melwood training complex, and the results will not be confirmed until Thursday.
Gomez, a summer arrival from Charlton Athletic, burst onto the scene under Brendan Rodgers, establishing himself as the club's first-choice left-back and was tipped to keep hold of his place under the German manager.
Alberto Moreno had started to win his place back under Rodgers, starting the Reds' three most recent Premier League games and looks set to retain his place when Liverpool travel to Tottenham on Saturday.
Although still in the dawn of what promises to be a great career, Gomez now faces a long and gruelling recovery, if indeed Liverpool's worst fears are confirmed.