Liverpool have revealed that star defender Joe Gomez fractured his left leg against Burnley on Wednesday.
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The England international was tackled by Ben Mee and hit the advertising boards as he slid off the pitch. Gomez, 21, was then carried off the pitch in pain and a scan has revealed he has suffered a fracture to his lower leg.
Liverpool released a statement on Thursday detailing the extent of the issue, as they expect Gomez to be out until mid-January.
“Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during the 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday night. His injury was further assessed by the Reds’ medical team at Melwood on Thursday. Initial indications suggest the 21-year-old is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress.”
This is a blow for Jurgen Klopp, as Gomez had developed a wonderful partnership with Virgil Van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s defense this season. He has often been deployed as a right back too, and that was where he was playing on Wednesday when he suffered the injury.
With Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold around, Klopp has plenty of options in that area of the pitch but losing Gomez is a blow and Liverpool will no doubt take their time to ensure he returns fully fit.
Klopp was critical of Burnley’s strong tackles throughout Liverpool’s comeback win, but Gomez’s injury was more about the way he landed than the tackle from Mee itself.