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Gomez set to miss ‘significant part’ of 20/21 to add to Liverpool woes

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The Reds defender picked up a knock while away on national duty and will be able to return to action towards the end of the season.

Joe Gomez has successfully completed surgery after suffering a knee injury, Liverpool announced on Thursday.

The center-back was called up by Gareth Southgate for the November fixtures – the friendly against Republic of Ireland on Thursday night and Nation League clashes with Belgium and Iceland next week.

The 23-year-old went down during a training session at St George’s Park on Wednesday. No player was around him when the injury happened but supposedly he was in pain.

It was feared that the Liverpool defender had sustained ligament damage and could miss the remainder of the 2020/21 season as a result.

However, that is not the case as a medical report released on the club’s official website confirmed that Gomez had an issue in his tendon.

A statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm Joe Gomez has today undergone successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee.

“The issue was isolated to Gomez’s tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments.

“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.”

Regardless, it is a blow for Jurgen Klopp who is without many defensive options after losing Virgil van Dijk to long-term injury. Fabinho is also on the treatment table, leaving Joel Matip as the only fit and available senior central defender.