England picked up a 1-0 win against Austria during their first warm-up match before the Euro but this game turned out to be a nightmare for full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has not been in the best of forms for Liverpool this season but still, Gareth Southgate has chosen to name him in the 26-man England squad for the European Championship. And on Wednesday, the right-back was named in the starting line-up ahead of players like Reece James and Kyle Walker.
The Liverpool man ended up picking up a thigh injury towards the end of the match and speaking after the game, the Three Lions manager did not deliver any good news regarding the injury.
“We’re going to have a little look,” the England manager said to ITV Sport, as quoted by Football London.
“It’s obviously not good to see him having to come off in the way he did, but we’ll have to assess him over the next 24 hours.
“I think (it’s his) thigh, but the medical team are still assessing it. We’ll just have to see, it’s not a good sign to see him walk off in the way that he did, so we’ll know more in the next 24 or 48 hours.
“We don’t know the full extent, so the last thing you want is to see him come off in the way that he did.”
Who will replace Trent Alexander-Arnold in the England squad?
The EURO is just around the corner and now there’s a big chance Trent Alexander-Arnold could be set to miss out due to this ill-timed injury.
A day after being named to England’s Euro 2020 squad, Trent Alexander-Arnold was forced out of their friendly against Austria with an injury 💔 pic.twitter.com/PzHWOQoT1Z
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The player still has a week to prove his fitness but if he is not ready then there’s no way Gareth Southgate is going to risk using him.
This is undoubtedly bad news for the Liverpool man since he has worked really hard to get his form back in the past few months but at the same time, someone like Reece James is set to benefit from the injury.
Reece James has been stellar for Chelsea this season and many pundits feel if Trent Alexander-Arnold is not fully fit then the Blues man will become the first-choice right-back for England at the Euros.
The manager also has the option to use either Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier but Reece James is without a doubt the most in-form man and if TAA is not ready then the Chelsea man should be getting a place in the starting line-up.
Kyle Walker has hardly put a foot wrong for Manchester City this season but we don’t think Southgate will be too eager to use him, primarily because of his age and also due to his lack of versatility(James can also play as a right wing-back).
Official reports have confirmed that Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to be ruled out of action for a couple of weeks meaning he will miss the EURO 2020 for England.