MADRID, Feb 5 : Premier League leaders Liverpool confirmed on Monday that their England international defender, Joe Gomez will need an operation to aid his recovery from a broken leg which has sidelined him since the start of December.
Gomez suffered a fracture in his lower leg after a tackle from Burnley's Ben Mee on December 5 and although the injury was only originally expected to keep him out of action for around two months, Gomez will now undergo surgery.’
"It's a blow for the boy and for us, because prior to the injury he was in such fantastic shape. But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he's ready," said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp.
"It just hasn't healed as we'd have liked, so we will make this intervention and then he will come back," he explained.
It is a further setback for Gomez, who missed out on a place in the England World Cup squad last summer because of injury, but the 21-year-old remained philosophical about things.
"Being out for longer than we'd first hoped for is hard to swallow but it's part and parcel of the industry," he said on the official Liverpool website, where he looked on the positive side.
"It was an injury caused by an impact, like nearly all the injuries I've had in my career, so I know it's just a case of when it's fully healed I'm good to go again."
"The hardest part is not being able to help the team and contribute on the pitch at the moment, so it's important I come back ready to go and this procedure will help with that."
"My only focus is getting back for Liverpool as soon as possible and I can promise the supporters I'll be working hard every day to do that," concluded Gomez.
Although the club have not given a date for his expected recovery, it is thought Gomez will be available before the end of the season and will be fit to play for England in the final four of the UEFA Nations League in Portugal at the start of June.
Meanwhile Liverpool look to maintain their five point lead over Manchester City when they play away to West Ham on Monday night. (XINHUA)