Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford unlikely to feature against the Republic of Ireland on Thursday; His arrival to St George's Park was delayed because he was having a shoulder injury assessed; Rashford sustained the injury in United's 3-1 win at Everton in the Premier League
Wednesday 11 November 2020 18:50, UK
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has suffered a potentially serious injury during England training.
The FA has yet to comment on the incident, which occurred during Wednesday morning's session, but Gomez is understood to be receiving treatment, while the extent of the injury is being assessed. England manager Gareth Southgate is scheduled to address the media on Wednesday evening.
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has not travelled to St George's Park with the rest of the England squad yet as he undergoes assessment on a shoulder injury he suffered against in last Saturday's 3-1 win at Everton.
United say Rashford is set to join up with the squad on Thursday, the same day as England's international friendly against the Republic of Ireland, making him unlikely to feature in that fixture. He will, though, be available for the Nations League games against Iceland and Belgium.
A long-term absence for Gomez would be a major blow to Liverpool, who are expected to be without fellow centre-back Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after he suffered a severe knee injury against Everton last month.
Jurgen Klopp has also been without central midfielder Fabinho, who deputised at centre-back following Van Dijk's injury, but the Brazilian is expected to return to action after the international break.
England are scheduled to play the Republic of Ireland in a friendly on Thursday, before taking on Belgium and Iceland in Nations League fixtures.
While the extent of Gomez's injury is yet to be determined, it is another defensive blow for Liverpool.
The winter transfer window opens on January 2 and the Reds could be in the market for defenders if Gomez also faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, but what are their fixtures like until then?
|Sat 21 Nov||Leicester (h)||Premier League|
|Wed 25 Nov||Atalanta (h)||Champions League|
|Sat 28 Nov||Brighton (a)||Premier League|
|Tues 1 Dec||Ajax (h)||Champions League|
|Sat 5 Dec||Wolves (h)||Premier League|
|Wed 9 Dec||Midtjylland (a)||Champions League|
|Sat 12 Dec||Fulham (a)||Premier League|
|Wed 16 Dec||Tottenham (h)||Premier League|
|Sat 19 Dec||Crystal Palace (a)||Premier League|
|Sat 26 Dec||West Brom (h)||Premier League|
|Mon 28 Dec||Newcastle (a)||Premier League|
Jurgen Klopp's side return to action on Saturday November 21 when they take on current league leaders Leicester, who they are just one point and two places behind in the Premier League table.
In December, Liverpool will face Wolves and Tottenham at home as well as tricky away trips to Crystal Palace and Newcastle among their Premier League fixtures. They will also face Southampton on Saturday 2 January - the day the winter transfer window opens.
Of course, there is also the Champions League group stage to tackle before the new year. Liverpool have three wins from three so far, and have two home fixtures to come - firstly, against Atalanta on Wednesday 25 November before Ajax on Tuesday 1 December. A final away trip to Midtjylland follows on Wednesday 9 December.
Andy Robertson believes Liverpool's point at Manchester City on Sunday has left them well placed amid this season's unrelenting schedule.
The champions lost top spot in the Premier League over the course of the weekend but were satisfied to leave the Etihad Stadium with a 1-1 draw and Robertson feels they are doing well to be third in the circumstances.
"We are always hungry for more but we have to be happy," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"I think when we started getting some injuries and lost a couple of players with Covid-19, everyone expected the wheels to fall off.
"But we've managed to steady the ship a little bit and pick up some great results. Long may that continue and long may we keep building our confidence and building our performances.
Arsenal wing-back Bukayo Saka is grateful to England captain Harry Kane for helping him settle in the national team and hopes to repay the faith shown in him by manager Gareth Southgate.
Saka, who made his England senior debut against Wales last month, has been called up to Southgate's squad for the second time ahead of matches against Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a meteoric rise since breaking into Arsenal's first team in November 2018, and he revealed it was Tottenham striker and England captain Kane who helped him settle when he joined up with his international team-mates.
"All the boys have been so good with me from the first minute I came in," Saka said in his first England news conference.
"Harry Kane put his arm around me, he spoke to me and asked me how I was. For him to do that, it helped me settle in much quicker and made me feel comfortable to be myself around everyone.
"That helps me not just off the pitch but also on the pitch too, because I feel like I can be myself, express myself and play with the confidence that I play with back at my club."