Gareth Southgate has revealed his disappointment at losing Adam Lallana to another injury as the midfielder’s England return was cut short due to a groin strain.
Last season’s injury issues cost the 30-year-old a place in the squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals over the summer.
Lallana was recalled for the upcoming UEFA Nations League clash with Spain and friendly against Switzerland, but the Liverpool attacking midfielder will have to wait to add to his 34 caps.
The Football Association confirmed in a short statement on Tuesday that the former Southampton man was withdrawn from England’s opening training session due to a groin complaint.
“Adam Lallana has returned to his club for further assessment of a groin strain,” it read.
“The Liverpool player was withdrawn from training earlier this afternoon and will play no part in England’s forthcoming fixtures against Spain and Switzerland.”
Southgate, who included Lallana on his standby list for the World Cup despite an injury-hit 2017-18 campaign, later expressed his dismay.
“He has just picked up a muscular injury,” he told Sky Sports.
“It was quite close to the beginning of training so it is the worst thing as far as we are concerned because you never want to send players back injured.
“Adam has had such a difficult run personally. He is a player we think so much of and I know Jurgen does.
“So at the moment he is having a really difficult run and you review what you might have been able to do differently but today was just really out of the blue.
“I am really disappointed for him because he has had such a tough year – missing so much football. Hopefully he will be back strong as quickly as possible.”