Joe Gomez fears his season could be over after injuring his knee playing a pass in training.
The Liverpool defender is set for a sustained spell on the sidelines after suffering the injury in training on Wednesday morning.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, already without Virgil van Dijk for the season, is now facing up to potentially losing his other first-choice centre-back.
Gomez has returned to Liverpool to undergo scans to fully ascertain how serious the injury is, with the club unwilling to speculate.
But all signs point towards a long-term injury, similar to the cruciate ligament injury suffered in 2015, after Gomez collapsed in pain with no other player around him.
England goalkeeper Nick Pope revealed Gomez played a pass in training before attempting to move, ending up on the deck in distress.
“Joe made a pass or movement with nobody around him and ended up on the floor and was obviously in a great deal of pain,” said Pope.
"To see Joe go through something like that and see how much pain he was in wasn’t easy for me or any of the lads.”
England chief Southgate insisted that seeing an injury like that suffered by Gomez is “one of the worst things” that can happen to an international manager.”
The England boss said: “You are borrowing players and something happens on your watch.
“You feel a responsibility and you start to go back but in this instance there is just nothing we would have done differently.
“What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when it happened and I didn’t like that element of it. We’ve got to wait for the scan.”
Gomez has been a key man for Southgate – with whom he also worked at Under-21 level – since missing the 2018 World Cup through injury.
And he had been expected to be a cornerstone of the Three Lions backline at next summer’s re-arranged European Championships.
But now, until the scans come back and showcase the full extent of the injury, there are questions over whether he will be ready for that competition – let alone able to play again in the current campaign.
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