England have been dealt an injury scare ahead of the Euros this summer after Trent Alexander-Arnold hobbled off with a muscular injury in the latter stages of the warm up game against Austria.
After months of uncertainty, the Liverpool star was included in Gareth Southgate’s 26-man squad for the European Championship, alongside fellow right backs Kyle Walker, Kieran Tripper and Reece James.
Southgate deployed Alexander-Arnold at right back for the first of two warm up friendlies, against Austria at the Riverside Stadium, in which a Bukayo Saka strike clinched a 1-0 win in the North East.
Grealish and Saka found themselves targeted all night on Teesside. Austria came to spoil and they did not mind how they did it.
Grealish is as brave as they come and it’s just as well as he took some treatment to his fragile shins.
Still, he was involved in England’s goal in the second half. Saka’s first for his country, it was created by a mixture of England’s old and new.
Jude Bellingham — making his first start — and captain Harry Kane were also involved and that will have pleased Southgate.
However, all eyes were on the 22-year-old who hobbled off the pitch in the dying moments of the game after he appeared to pull a muscle while kicking the ball upfield.
Having used all of his substitutes, Southgate was unable to replace Alexander-Arnold who begrudgingly hobbled out of the game and was immediately attended to by Three Lions medical staff.
England already have a couple of major injury concerns with Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson, and Southgate will be sweating over the fitness of the dynamic full back with just 11 days before the Three Lions play Croatia at Wembley.
We are going to have a little look,’ he told ITV Sport. ‘It is obviously not good to see him come off the way he did. We will just have to assess him over the next 24 hours.
‘I think thigh but as I say medical team is still assessing it. We just have to see, as I said it’s not a good sign to see him walk off as he did. We will know more in the next 24, 48 hours.
‘We don’t know the full extent, the last thing you want is to see him come off the way he did.’