BREAKING NEWS: Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out of World Cup
Liverpool and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the 2018 World Cup after the Premier League club confirmed he has suffered knee ligament damage.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted after 18 minutes of Liverpool's emphatic 5-2 Champions League semi-final first-leg win over Roma at Anfield on Tuesday, following a challenge with visiting wing-back Aleksandar Kolarov.
The 24-year-old, who joined Liverpool from Arsenal in August, has become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp's side over recent months and started both of England's March friendlies against Netherlands and Italy.
However, a statement from Liverpool confirmed his season for club and country is now over.
14 - Since the start of last season, only Dele Alli (17) has more Premier League assists among English players than Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (14). Absentee. pic.twitter.com/avz1aY5WLp— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 25, 2018
"The extent of the injury means Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Liverpool, as well as the World Cup finals in Russia with England," the statement read.
"The 24-year-old was assessed by the club’s medical team at Melwood on Wednesday morning and no specific timescale is being placed upon his return to action at this stage.
"However, Oxlade-Chamberlain will now begin a rehabilitation programme to enable him to reach full fitness again as soon as possible, returning to action next season."