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Liverpool's Gomes faces six-week layoff with leg fracture

England international Gomez was substituted after 23 minutes of Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Turf Moor following a robust tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee.

Joe Gomez has withdrawn from the England soccer squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against Italy. Picture: Twitter

LONDON - Liverpool central defender Joe Gomez suffered a fractured leg during their victory over Burnley and looks likely to miss the Christmas programme, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

England international Gomez was substituted after 23 minutes of Wednesday’s 3-1 victory at Turf Moor following a robust tackle from Burnley’s Ben Mee.

"The club can confirm Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg," the club's website www.liverpoolfc.com said. "Gomez's injury was further assessed by the Reds' medical team at Melwood on Thursday.

“Initial indications suggest he is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress.”

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was unhappy with the physical nature of some of Burnley’s tackling and described some of it as like “10-pin bowling”.

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