Earlier today, news broke that both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren were pulling out from their national team duties due to injury. Lallana tweaked his previously injured groin against Manchester United on the weekend and was removed at the half as a precautionary measure, and while he is likely to be fit enough to at least make the bench against Arsenal in two weeks, a pair of international matches in the interim was considered too risky.
Lovren, meanwhile, was unable to make the bench for Liverpool against United despite that he practiced with the squad beforehand. He has reportedly suffered a reoccurrence of the abdominal wall injury that forced him to miss playing for Croatia against Bulgaria in the last international break. This time around, he’s set to miss out on a potentially decisive Euros 2016 qualifier against Norway, who are just a point back of Croatia in Group H.
Lallana will miss England’s Euro qualifier against Lithuania on the 27th as well as a friendly against Italy on the 31st. There are also whispers that Daniel Sturridge could miss out, as having only recently returned to full fitness following a series of injuries that kept him out for the first half of the season, it has today been reported that he has a minor hip injury that will be assessed over the coming days to determine his availability.
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