Joe Gomez, Liverpool and England fear the knee injury he picked up on international duty could keep him out for the season.
England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed it was “upsetting” as he was in a “fair bit of pain” as he fell to the ground.
Gomez has returned to Liverpool to undergo scans to assess exactly how serious the injury is, but the likelihood is he is set for a sustained period on the sidelines.
England goalkeeper Nick Pope revealed how Gomez picked up the injury.
“Joe made a pass or movement with nobody around him and ended up on the floor and was obviously in a great deal of pain,” said Pope.
“To see Joe go through something like that and see how much pain he was in wasn’t easy for me or any of the lads.”
Southgate insisted that seeing a player suffer like Gomez is “one of the worst things that can happen to an international manager”.
The England boss said: “You are borrowing players and something happens on your watch.
“You feel a responsibility and you start to go back but in this instance there is just nothing we would have done differently.
“What was upsetting was to see him in a fair bit of pain. There was nobody around him when it happened and I didn’t like that element of it. We’ve got to wait for the scan.”
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