Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain collapsed to the ground twice less than 20 minutes into Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Roma on Tuesday night, with manager Jurgen Klopp fearing a ‘really bad injury’.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 18th minute after he went down holding his right knee following a challenge on Aleksandr Kolarov.
The former Arsenal player got to his feet and made it to the touchline but again fell before Liverpool’s medical team could tend to him further.
Eventually he had to be taken down the players’ tunnel on a stretcher to the home dressing room. There he received further treatment and underwent more precautionary checks.
‘Oxlade-Chamberlain is probably a really bad injury,’ Klopp told BT Sport. ‘If you can say that already before the scan then it’s never good news, so that means for us it’s a massive blow.
‘We have still some very important games to go and the squad doesn’t get bigger any more, so we need to be creative in the next few games.’
Liverpool have also been left short of options in central midfield with Emre Can also out injured. Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Wijnaldum are their only senior options.
It certainly appears doubtful that Oxlade-Chamberlain will be able to recover in time for Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Stoke on Saturday.