Liverpool handed major injury worry after Lions friendly
BY MATTHEW SMITH AND DOMINIC KING
/ Liverpool have been handed a major injury headache after Adam Lallana went off injured in the first half of England’s friendly against Spain.
Lallana went down with a knock after 24 minutes after a tough challenge by Thiago Alcantara, and immediately limped off to be replaced by Theo Walcott.
He will undergo a scan at Liverpool’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday after the problem was revealed to be a groin issue - the same muscle which kept him out of the October internationals against Malta and Slovenia.
Early indications are that it is not as serious as the issue he suffered at Swansea on October 1 but Liverpool will be sweating about his condition ahead of the trip to Lallana’s former team Southampton this weekend.
The midfielder had put England 1-0 up after converting a penalty when Jamie Vardy was brought down by Pepe Reina - his third goal for his country in as many games.
Lallana had also been key in setting up the goal, with his superb long range through ball putting Vardy in on goal before he was tripped by former Liverpool keeper Reina.
The 28-year-old has emerged as a key player for England this season, with his late goal against Slovakia wining the crucial World Cup qualifier 1-0 in Sam Allardyce’s only game in charge of England.
He has kept his place under the interim management of Gareth Southgate, and scored in the 3-0 victory over rivals Scotland on Friday.
England’s Adam Lallana receives medical attention in their internationakl friendly match against Spain at Wembley.