Monday 23 September 2019

Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing six months out after knee surgery

Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup
Liverpool’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the World Cup

Sam Roberts

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to play again until at least November after undergoing surgery.

The Premier League club view a return in six months to be a "best case scenario" for the England international, the Liverpool Echo have reported.

Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a knee injury early in the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final tie with Roma last month.

The 24-year-old has impressed with the Reds since his summer move from Arsenal, scoring in Liverpool's famous Champions League victory over Manchester City.

32-times capped by England, Oxlade-Chamberlain had already been ruled out of this summer's World Cup with the injury, but there had been hopes he could return by the start of the 2018/19 season.

That now looks unlikely, with the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce reporting that November is the earliest the midfielder is expected to return to action.

The extent of Oxlade-Chamberlain's injury means Jurgen Klopp will be light on midfield options at the start of next season, with Emre Can believed to be close to signing a deal with Italian giants Juventus, although the summer arrival of Guinean international Naby Keita should offset that somewhat.

Liverpool also face an injury crisis in midfield ahead of their Champions League final with Real Madrid, as James Milner and Emre Can are both struggling for fitness ahead of the tie in Kiev on May 26.

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