Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain collapsed to the ground twice less than 20 minutes into Liverpool‘s Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma on Tuesday night, with manager Jurgen Klopp fearing a ‘really bad injury’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 18th minute after he went down holding his right knee following a challenge on Aleksandr Kolarov.
The former Arsenal player got to his feet and made it to the touchline but again fell before Liverpool’s medical team could tend to him further.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went down injured during Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final
Oxlade-Chamberlain clutches his right knee after going down inside 20 minutes on Tuesday
The former Arsenal player was taken off the Anfield pitch on a stretcher on Tuesday night
Eventually he had to be taken down the players’ tunnel on a stretcher to the home dressing room. There he received further treatment and underwent more precautionary checks.
‘Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,’ Klopp told BT Sport. ‘If you can say that already before the scan then it’s never good news, so that means for us it’s a massive blow.
‘We have still some very important games to go and the squad doesn’t get bigger any more, so we need to be creative in the next few games.’
Liverpool have also been left short of options in central midfield with Emre Can also out injured. Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Wijnaldum are their only senior options.
It certainly appears doubtful that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to recover in time for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Stoke on Saturday.
He received treatment at the side of the pitch before leaving to go down the players’ tunnel
It also brings into doubt his inclusion in the return leg of Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final, which is next Wednesday at the Stadio Olimpico.
England manager Gareth Southgate will have his own concerns ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Southgate is expected to include Oxlade-Chamberlain in his 23-man squad and must finalise his travelling party by June 4.
BT Sport pundit and former Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard was concerned about Oxlade-Chamberlain’s chances of making the World Cup.
He said: ‘He’s a player in fantastic from and playing the best football of his career. It will be a massive blow if it is long term but I hope it’s not. I knew it was a nasty injury when I saw his face.’