Liverpool ‘confidence’ Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ready for pre-season start…with club physios, hopeful thigh injury will be out for just a month after a vicious blow knocked him out of England’s European Championship season excluded
- Liverpool believe Trent Alexander-Arnold will be fit for the start of the preseason
- The right-back was banned from participating in the European Championship season of England with a thigh injury
- The club’s medical team is confident the 22-year-old will only be out for a month maand
- Gareth Southgate has yet to name a replacement to fill the vacancy in the squad
Liverpool are confident that Trent Alexander-Arnold will recover in time to be ready for the pre-season start on July 12.
The 22-year-old was brutally banned from the European Championship after suffering a thigh injury late in England’s warm-up match against Austria, confirming he will miss the entire tournament.
While it will probably be of little consolation at this point to play right-back, Mirror report that the Liverpool medical team believe that Alexander-Arnold will report well for the start of pre-season training.
Liverpool medics are confident Trent Alexander-Arnold will be fit for the start of the preseason
The right-back was excluded from the European Championship after a thigh injury against Austria
They hope he will be out for just a month, rather than the longer feared period, and that he will return to Merseyside and begin his rehabilitation at the club.
The injury was a devastating outcome for Alexander-Arnold, who had to fight to rejoin Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad.
The England manager, who dropped the Liverpool star from the squad earlier this season, decided to pick Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Kyle Walker and Kieran Tripper.
Those other options at right-back mean Southgate won’t have to select a comparable replacement to replace Alexander-Arnold, and theoretically still have a week to decide who will fill the vacancy.
The right-back had to fight to be selected in Gareth Southgate’s roster for the tournament
However, he could make his decision earlier, after England’s final warm-up game against Romania on Saturday before the tournament kicks off.
After announcing his selection, Southgate defended the decision to choose four right-backs and stressed that adaptability was key to England’s success in the coming week.
“Kieran has played both as a fullback and as a right-back,” said Southgate. “Reece James has played to the right of a three or right back.
England national coach does not have to choose a new right-back after selecting four
“Trent plays at right back and Kyle Walker has played for us at centre-back in a three and has also played at left back for us. Reece James was in midfield (for Chelsea) against Aston Villa.
“Actually they are in our 26 best footballers, that is why they are in the selection. And if I could have chosen a fifth or sixth right-back, I probably would have!
“We are here to play nine games. We already have some doubts about injuries in the group and I’m sure we will face other problems in the next five weeks.
“So we need adaptability, good players, good professionals and tactically savvy players.”