Liver­pool handed ma­jor in­jury worry af­ter Lions friendly

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

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.

/REUTERS

Eng­land’s Adam Lal­lana re­ceives med­i­cal at­ten­tion in their in­ter­na­tion­akl friendly match against Spain at Wem­b­ley.

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