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Southgate drops injury update on Alexander-Arnold

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A thigh problem suffered during the friendly match against Austria will prevent the right-back from getting international action this summer.

Trent Alexander-Arnold will recover in time for Liverpool’s pre-season preparations, reveals Gareth Southgate while sharing the player’s disappointment over being forced out of England’s squad for Euro.

After pulling up with a strain, Alexander-Arnold limped off the pitch in the final minutes of England’s 1-0 win over Austria on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old was one of four right-backs included in the Three Lions squad for this summer’s European tournament following his resurgence in the second half of 2020/21 with Liverpool.

Initial fears indicated his recovery period could last until the next season, but the defender is now expected to remain on the sidelines for only up to six weeks.

“It’s heartbreaking really for any player to get to the eve of a major tournament, to be named in the squad and to then miss out through injury,” Southgate told a press conference, as Liverpool Echo reports.

“You know how rare these opportunities are and even though he is a young player who is going to have these opportunities again, I firmly believe that, it’s a really difficult moment for him especially.

“It’s a big disappointment for us as well, of course, but you can’t help but feel, first and foremost, for Trent in this situation.

“The one thing I was pleased about is immediately after the game I didn’t like the look of the injury but at least it sounds like he should be fine for pre-season and for next season.

“That is a very small positive for the situation he is in. Of course he was very upset and bitterly disappointed. In those moments, everybody is thinking about him.”