Liverpool star misses World Cup

25 April 2018 13:29:26 EST

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is to miss this summer's World Cup in Russia after suffering a knee injury playing for Liverpool.

The midfielder was injured in their Champions League victory at home to Roma on Tuesday night and his club have confirmed in a statement that it is serious enough to rule him out of contention for Gareth Southgate's squad.

The statement reads: "The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup in Russia with England.

"Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season."

The club said that a scan revealed a knee ligament injury and they are not putting a timescale on his recovery only that he will miss the World Cup.

It is a blow to Liverpool and England as the 24-year-old has impressed for his club since moving from Arsenal in the summer.

So far for Liverpool he has made 41 appearances scoring five goals.

Liverpool are 5/4 to win the Champions League this season with Bayern Munich 12121/1 and Real Madrid priced at 4/6.

England have two friendlies to take place before they travel to Russia. They play Nigeria and Costa Rica and Gareth Southgate has said that ideally he would like to name his 23-man squad before the first of those games which takes place on 2nd June.

England's first game in the tournament itself is against Tunisia on 18th June.

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