Trent Alexander-Arnold has withdrawn from England’s recent squad, and fans have noted a concerning pattern with his injuries.
Initially named as a midfielder in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine and a friendly with Scotland, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the first-ever international match, Alexander-Arnold had to leave the field due to a minor hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa last weekend.
It has been officially confirmed that both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Manchester City star Jack Grealish have withdrawn from the squad for the upcoming games, and no replacements have been summoned.
Following medical assessments on Monday, Alexander-Arnold will remain at the club’s AXA Training Centre during the international break as he works on recovering from the injury. The hope is that he will regain fitness in time for Liverpool’s match against Wolves on Saturday, September 16th.
The Liverpool vice-captain was irresistible in the last international break, running the show against Malta and North Macedonia.
But plenty of fans believe that the 24-year old’s injuries typically occur leading up to international duty and that it is not quite a coincidence.
One claimed: “63% of Trent’s injuries have come just before an England game.”
A second added: “Oh shock horror trent withdraws with ‘injury’ for the 46th time from internationals but plays 38 games a season for Liverpool.”
A third added: “Call me cynical, but Trent does manage to pick up a lot of injuries on the eve of England duty…”
A fourth commented: “Trent getting injured before the international break but it only being a 2 week injury will never not be funny to me.”
Another chimed in: “The standard Trent injury before an international break.”
A final user said: “Shoutout to trent getting 2-week injuries right before intl breaks gotta be one of my favorite scams.”
England play Ukraine in Wroclaw, Poland on September 9, before playing Scotland at Hampden Park on September 12.