Joe Gomez is determined to do everything possible to try to save his season and his European Championship dream after undergoing surgery to repair a tendon in his knee.
There was relief that Gomez had not suffered ligament damage when he was injured during a routine England session, but the defender still faces a race against time to play again this season and prove his fitness in time for next summer’s European Championships.
Liverpool have not put a timescale on Gomez’s return and have not yet ruled out the possibility of him playing again this season, although there is acknowledgement it will be tough and a significant challenge.
But, having missed the 2018 World Cup after undergoing ankle surgery, Gomez is not prepared to give up on playing again this season and being part of Gareth Southgate’s European Championship squad without a fight.
A patellar tendon injury, which Gomez had successful surgery on in London on Thursday, was rated as the best bad news he could have been given following scans.
On Wednesday, there had been fears that the 23-year-old could have suffered ligament damage which would have ruled him out for even longer and resulted in a more complicated recovery and rehabilitation.
Gomez’s injury remains a huge blow to Liverpool, who are already without Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the season and right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold for around four weeks.
A Liverpool statement on Gomez said: “Liverpool Football Club can confirm Joe Gomez has today (Thursday) undergone successful surgery to repair a tendon in his left knee.
“The centre-back sustained the injury during a training session with the England national team on Wednesday.
“The issue was isolated to Gomez’s tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments.
“The operation to correct the damage, which took place in London on Thursday morning, was a success and the 23-year-old will make a full recovery.
“Gomez will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team immediately, with club staff carefully monitoring his progress. No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21.”