Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn himself from Euro 2020 after sustaining a thigh injury against Austria. He pulled up in the closing stages of the warm-up game win at the Riverside stadium. Alexander-Arnold was helped off the field by the English medical staff. The right-back underwent scans the following day which found a tear in his quadriceps. He has now returned to Liverpool for treatment and has ruled himself out of the tournament.
The 22-year old will be out for four to six weeks and will undergo rehabilitation at Liverpool. They are hoping to have their star player back for the start of the 2021/22 season. Gareth Southgate confirmed that no replacement will be named until after the warm-up game against Romania. England will face Romania this Sunday at the Riverside stadium.
Trent Alexander-Arnold selection for Euro 2020 was one that sparked many a debate in the build-up of the squad announcement. Southgate was criticized for picking four right backs – Kyle Walker, Kieran Trippier, Reece James or Alexander-Arnold. The right-back had not been called up to the national team since February. England are set to face Croatia in their opening game of Euro 2020.
“It was written pretty plain and simple on his face last night.” reporter Rob Dorsett said. “He knew that this was not an injury he was going to recover from within the space of 10 days. He knew, Gareth Southgate knew and I think all his team-mates knew.”
“The scan on Thursday was to reveal the extent of the injury and see how long he would be out for, the FA medics have been in constant contact with the Liverpool medical team as well and he has now left the camp and is back in the care of his club.” he added.