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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain OUT of World Cup after knee ligament injury against Roma

With less than 20 minutes on the clock in the Champions League semi-final clash, The Ox was left in a heap on the grass

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of this summer’s World Cup after the England star suffered a knee ligament injury.

The 24-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher after going in for a tackle during Liverpool’s 5-2 Champions League semi-final victory against Roma.


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It did not look good when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fell to the grass in obvious pain last night during Liverpool's Champions League win against Roma

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It did not look good when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fell to the grass in obvious pain last night during Liverpool’s Champions League win against Roma

The former Arsenal midfielder was finding some top form for Liverpool when it was cruelly cut short

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The former Arsenal midfielder was finding some top form for Liverpool when it was cruelly cut short

The Merseyside club have confirmed the midfielder is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, and that “no specific timescale” has been placed on when he will return.

It’s a bitter blow for Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate, with The Ox a likely starter in Russia such was his recent upturn in form.

Oxlade-Chamberlain moved to Liverpool from Arsenal in January, after becoming frustrated with where he was being picked to play at The Emirates.

After a shaky start, and more time spent on the Liverpool bench than on the hallowed Anfield turf, Oxlade-Chamberlain was finally showing the fans his true talents.

Liverpool players were aware that the injury was a serious one as the midfielder lay stricken

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Liverpool players were aware that the injury was a serious one as the midfielder lay stricken

The former Arsenal man was then taken from the field on a stretcher after his big European night night ended badly

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The former Arsenal man was then taken from the field on a stretcher after his big European night night ended badly

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was visibly upset as he left the pitch and the news out of the Liverpool medical room today is not good

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was visibly upset as he left the pitch and the news out of the Liverpool medical room today is not good

And on his side’s biggest stage of the season so far, against Roma in the Champions League semi-finals, Oxlade-Chamberlain was dealt the cruellest of blows.

In the 15th minute he went in to tackle former Manchester City man Aleksandar Kolarov, but ended up twisting his knee.

He fell to the ground in obvious pain, and after struggling to walk off himself, a stretcher was called for.

He was taken off and replaced by Georginio Wijnaldum in the 18th minute.

The sight of one of Liverpool's form players clutching his face in pain on the grass was a negative on what ended up being a glorious night

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The sight of one of Liverpool’s form players clutching his face in pain on the grass was a negative on what ended up being a glorious night

The former Southampton academy player is in clear anguish, and his World Cup hopes are now over for another four years

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The former Southampton academy player is in clear anguish, and his World Cup hopes are now over for another four years

The Reds went on to secure a magnificent 5-2 victory against the Italians thanks to two goals apiece for Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino and a Sadio Mane strike.

But two goals in the final ten minutes, and the season-ending injury to Oxlade-Chamberlain, meant it was not quite a perfect night for the Reds of Merseyside.


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