Gomez breaks leg, while Hold­ing is in­jured too

Western Daily Press - - Football -

LIVER­POOL have con­firmed that Joe Gomez suf­fered a lower leg frac­ture dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Premier League vic­tory over Burn­ley.

And the Reds say that the ini­tial in­di­ca­tions sug­gest he could be side­lined for up to six weeks.

Eng­land de­fender Gomez was car­ried off mid­way through the first half at Turf Moor after a chal­lenge with Ben Mee, with Liver­pool go­ing on to claim a 3-1 win.

In a state­ment, the club said: “Liver­pool can con­firm Joe Gomez sus­tained a frac­ture to the lower left leg dur­ing the 3-1 win at Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day night. The de­fender needed to be sub­sti­tuted after 23 min­utes at Turf Moor fol­low­ing a chal­lenge from which he was un­able to con­tinue.

“Gomez’s in­jury was fur­ther as­sessed by the Reds’ med­i­cal team at Mel­wood on Thurs­day. Ini­tial in­di­ca­tions sug­gest the 21-year-old is fac­ing a spell of up to six weeks out of ac­tion, though this is de­pen­dent on how his treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­grammes progress.”

A six-week ab­sence would keep Gomez out un­til mid-Jan­uary, miss­ing as many as nine games.

Unai Emery fears that Arse­nal de­fender Rob Hold­ing faces a lengthy spell out with a knee in­jury sus­tained in Wed­nes­day night’s draw at Manch­ester United.

Hold­ing is be­ing as­sessed by club medics fol­low­ing the in­jury.

Emery said yes­ter­day: “The first news is not good.”

Long-serv­ing former France de­fender Lau­rent Ko­scielny could come into the match­day squad, after twice play­ing for Arse­nal Un­der-23s, ei­ther on Satur­day or next week against Qarabag in the Europa League.

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