Liverpool defender Joe Gomez looks set to be out for at least six weeks as the club confirmed he has sustained a ‘fracture to the low left leg’.
Gomez suffered the injury during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Wednesday night, with the England international being stretchered off after 23 minutes.
And the club have confirmed the nature of the injury via their official website, with a statement that read: “Liverpool can confirm Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during the 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday night.
“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.”
Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during last night's game against Burnley
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The injury to Gomez comes just as Liverpool face a run of eight games in just under a month, with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip now set to come in.
Klopp calls for more protection from referees
Speaking after Wednesday’s game, Jurgen Klopp said that referee Stuart Attwell should have done more to protect his players against the robust nature of Burnley’s tackling.
“We won the game but the challenges from the beginning, the sliding tackling on that wet ground, I really think the referee should have said something earlier,” he said (via BBC Sport).
“The injury threat is massive. That was hard.
“You get the ball, nice, but it’s like bowling because you get the player as well. It happened four or five times.
“The first three or four challenges everybody likes it. I know that. It’s part of football but it lead to the situation. OK, no foul but Joe Gomez is injured.”
The win against Burnley puts Liverpool two points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, with the Reds travelling to Bournemouth in their next game on Saturday.