As England prepare for the country’s upcoming UEFA Nations League fixtures, a look back to the last saw Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana pull out of the squad through injury.
Lallana suffered a groin strain that initially did not look too serious and the club’s immediate concern was the player missing the Wembley fixture with top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur. However, the midfielder is yet to return to action for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Three Lions are currently preparing for the next batch of Nations League matches away to Croatia and Spain, while Lallana will be watching from home as he continues to get closer to a return.
Premier Injuries have the central midfielder pencilled in to return on October 20th, with Lallana given 50% chance of being available for selection.
The exclusion of Lallana through injury left Gareth Southgate with a tough decision to make on who would make up his midfield for the games in Croatia and Spain.
Young players like Nathaniel Chalobah, Mason Mount and Harry Winks all made the cut in midfield, with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho also making the squad amongst the forwards.
The presence of Lallana alongside Jordan Henderson and the sporadically involved Ross Barkley would have helped the young stars settle into the senior line-up and add experience come match day rather than playing a weaker side that holds future potential.
While Lallana can help the national side with his experience, at club level he can step in with summer signing Naby Keïta yet to make a huge impression.
Keïta’s arrival on Merseyside was much awaited thanks to the Guinean’s performances in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, but the player is yet to reach those levels under Klopp’s guidance.
In eight league games, outings in the Champions League and Carabao Cup, the central midfielder with an eye to venture forward is yet to register a goal or assist, seeing Klopp dip his £60million signing in and out of the team.
The return of Lallana will take some of the pressure off Keita to perform by taking some of the burden away from his shoulders and give another option to Klopp’s midfield and attack.