While on England duty today, Joe Gomez suffered a knee injury in training. Early reports describing the injury as potentially serious, and as a result manager Gareth Southgate spent time at his press conference a few hours addressing the issue.
“What was upsetting to see, he was in a fair bit of pain,” said Southgate. “There was nobody around him when the injury happened. I didn’t like that element of it, but we’ve got to see what the scans show. We’re all hopeful that it’s not what it might be.”
The obvious, unspoken might is an anterior cruciate ligament injury. However, given the non-contact nature of it and that it’s been confirmed as a knee injury, Gomez could also have suffered a torn meniscus—which would be relatively good news.
Good news, though, would very much be relative, and until the scans come back it’s impossible to say exactly what the injury is—ACL, meniscus, or even something else—the severity of it, or the prospects for and likely duration of the defender’s recovery.
Gomez has previously missed two extended spells due to serious injuries, a fractured left ankle suffered as a result of contact against Burnley in 2018 that sidelined him for four months and a non-contact ACL injury in 2015 sidelining him for eight months.
“It’s not a good situation,” Southgate added. “We can’t speculate the exact nature of the injury until we’ve seen scans. My thoughts are with him—he’s had some difficulties with injuries in the past. We’re hoping it’s not going to be a long-term one.”