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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s repeat freak injury from 2014 is bad news for England

The Liverpool midfielder was carried off the field on a stretcher last night and the signs are not good

Lightning doesn’t strike twice does it?

Well unfortunately for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain it looks like it has.

Almost exactly four years apart and in both cases in just before England play in a World Cup.


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Very unlucky to ruin his knee from this

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Very unlucky to ruin his knee from this

Sadly, for all England and Liverpool fans, the Ox left the pitch on a stretcher against Roma before Liverpool began their devastating performance.

He had already shown his direct dribbling and power in midfield and the moment that caused him such agony was a thumping tackle on Aleksandr Kolarov.

However as Chamberlain lunged in to execute an inch perfect tackle, his right knee jarred against the turf and he was left prone on the pitch.

The moment AXC knew his World Cup could be over

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The moment AXC knew his World Cup could be over

That was the end of the 24-year-old’s night and he didn’t get to join in any of the fun as Liverpool ran riot.

The fear now is that the midfielder will miss the crunch period of Liverpool’s season and could be ruled out of the World Cup.

As he lay on the pitch almost in tears, he must have been thinking about when he picked up an injury just before the 2014 World Cup.


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Smalling’s face/ body language tells its own picture

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Smalling’s face/ body language tells its own picture

If, like me, you have put that whole period with England into a dark box at the back of your mind then let me remind you.

Chamberlain was forced off in a pre-tournament warm up game against Ecuador in Miami with ligament damage.

Then we saw pictures of him strolling around with a knee brace on while his World Cup dream hung in the balance.

Prepare yourself to be seeing this image again very soon

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Prepare yourself to be seeing this image again very soon

Although Chamberlain was just 20 at the time, the country still felt like he would be a big miss in the group stages.

However, a rather miraculous recovery saw Chambo named in the squad for the first match against Italy and our other two group games without actually making it onto the pitch.

Then it was a matter of England missing out on a young Arsenal version of Chamberlain, this time it is a whole lot worse.

Get well soon to save us from Jake Livermore

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Get well soon to save us from Jake Livermore

England could be without one of the form midfielders who has been playing for one of the best teams in the league and could potentially end the season with a Champions League winners’ medal.

Chamberlain has progressed so much since he swapped London for Liverpool in the summer and Klopp has turned him into a proper midfield runner.

With Eric Dier and Jordan Henderson currently occupying England’s base of midfield, wouldn’t it be nice if he could move to a three with one holding and two creatives?

Well without Chamberlain we won’t be seeing that.

Like I said, this injury is bad news for Liverpool and even worse news for England.