England v Austria: Match in pictures
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England manager Gareth Southgate has provided an update on the injury Trent Alexander-Arnold picked up against Austria. Alexander-Arnold limped off the pitch in the closing stages of the 1-0 friendly win at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night.
The 22-year-old signalled to Southgate and the England bench that he needed to be replaced after feeling some discomfort in his left leg when clearing the ball.
He immediately waved across the pitch to Southgate in the 86th minute and went to ground clutching the back of his leg.
Alexander-Arnold had to be helped around the side of the pitch by a member of England’s medical team and ITV co-commentator Lee Dixon said he would be “in trouble” for the European Championships if he had suffered a muscle injury.
However, Southgate refused to speculate on the extent of the injury, which comes just 11 days before England’s Group D opener against Croatia.
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“We’re going to have a little look,” he told ITV.
“It’s obviously not good to see him having to come off in the way he did, but we’ll have to assess him over the next 24 hours.
“I think (it’s his) thigh, but the medical team are still assessing it.
“We’ll just have to see, it’s not a good sign to see him walk off in the way that he did, so we’ll know more in the next 24 or 48 hours.
“We don’t know the full extent, so the last thing you want is to see him come off in the way that he did.”
The blow came just a day after Alexander-Arnold made the cut when Southgate reduced his squad from 33 names to 26.
The Liverpool right-back was included alongside Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier following a strong finish to the season with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
England already have injury doubts about Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire, who were both named in Southgate’s squad but did not feature against Austria.
The Three Lions can name a replacement in the event of a serious injury, with the likes of Jesse Lingard, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins waiting in the wings.
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