It has not been the best month in the life and soccer career of Liverpool defender Joe Gomez.
The 20-year-old required ankle surgery, which means he will not be able to take part in the Champions League final and he will not be a part of England’s team for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia next month.
He initially picked up the injury on international duty and did not give it enough recovery time. He further hurt his ankle by playing against first West Bromwich Albion, and then Stoke City.
The Champions League Final will be held in Kiev on May 26 (May 27 Oz) with Liverpool squaring off with Real Madrid.
Gomez posted this statement on Instagram: Gutted to confirm that my season for both club and country is over having undergone successful ankle surgery…Been a tough few weeks trying everything possible to be available on the pitch to help the team. I’m going to do all I can to get back and be in the best possible shape for pre-season. The focus now is to support the team in the two biggest games of the season! Thank you for all the support over the course of the season.
That sort of adversity is tough to swallow at any age, whether it cost the opportunity to experience triumph at an early age or if it comes at the tail end of a career with the clock winding down.
England is in Group G, along with Tunisia, Panama and Belgium for the 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament.
The first match for the Brits will be with Tunisia and England was favoured by a nice margin, according to Ladbrokes, which had England quoted at $1.36 to $10 for Tunisia.
England is currently ranked 13th by FIFA, which is one ranking spot ahead of 1998 World Cup winner France when the French hosted and won.