'Devastated' Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for season and World Cup

Shai Khullar
25th April 2018
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Liverpool cruised to a 5-2 triumph over Roma in the first leg of their semi-final on Tuesday, but the victory came at a severe cost.

Midfielder had to be stretchered off the field in the first half after sustaining what appeared to be a knee injury whilst going in for a challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov.

On Wednesday, the club's worst fears were confirmed. A scan confirmed that Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained a “knee ligament injury” that will sideline him for the remainder of Liverpool's campaign. The injury will also force the Englishman to miss the upcoming in Russia.

Finding the best betting sites is key if you're going to be a successful bettor, but you won't find many out there that would have given England favourable odds to this summer's World Cup, even before Oxlade-Chamberlain went down. Still, the unfortunate injury sets Gareth Southgate's squad back even further.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had been in contention for a starting spot in Southgate's starting midfield with England. He appeared in three of the team's six World Cup qualifiers last year in addition to starting both recent friendlies for his country against Italy and the Netherlands.

This marks the second straight missed World Cup for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made the 2014 squad as a 20-year-old before suffering a minor knee injury during a warmup friendly that forced him to miss the entirety of the tournament.

The Reds midfielder, who has scored 5 goals and assisted another 8 in all competitions, shared his thoughts on social media on Wednesday, saying he was "absolutely devastated".

Liverpool issued a statement saying on Wednesday saying, “Liverpool FC can confirm Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's 2017-18 season is over for both club and country due to a knee ligament injury sustained against AS Roma on Tuesday evening.

"The 24-year-old was assessed by the club's medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timetable is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Oxlade-Chamberlain has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's squad before suffering the injury. The player has made 42 appearances for Liverpool after from on the last day of last summer's transfer window.

He scored his first goal for the club in the team's 7-0 drubbing of Maribor in the group stages of the Champions League. Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored a pair of stunners against , including one in the team's 3-0 win over the champions in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

It will be interesting to see how Klopp approaches the midfield moving forward without such a key figure. With Emre Can and also sidelined indefinitely, Klopp has just three fit traditional central midfielders remaining in , and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Wijnaldum came off the bench to replace Oxlade-Chamberlain against Roma, and one would imagine the Dutchman will assume that starting spot moving forward. However, with the Reds approaching the business end of the season, Klopp will be hoping that the remaining of his midfielders - who have clocked up a lot of minutes in recent weeks - can continue to remain fit.

It is currently unknown whether Oxlade-Chamberlain will be ready to return to the pitch by the time next season begins this coming August.

Gini Wijnaldum

replaced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the first half of Liverpool's 5-2 win over Roma

The Reds are currently third in the Premier League with three games left to play. A spot in next year's Champions League looks all but assured at this point, as fifth-place are eight points back, though the Blues do have a game in hand.

Liverpool face relegation candidates at this Saturday before heading to Italy to play the second leg vs. Roma next Wednesday.

The Reds will close out the Premier League campaign with an match at Stamford Bridge before the final game at Anfield against Brighton on May 13.

More: Liverpool 5-2 Roma - Highlights

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