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Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has spoken out for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury while on England duty.
Gomez sustained a ruptured patella tendon while training on his own at the Three Lions' base on Wednesday.
He has undergone surgery and returned to Liverpool to begin his journey back to full fitness, with the club confirming he will face a "significant" period on the sideline.
The 23-year-old has suffered serious knee and ankle injuries in the past and said he is well aware of "what it takes" to recover from them in a message to Liverpool fans on social media.
Gomez has penned a message to fans
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"The road to recovery has already begun," Gomez wrote on Twitter. "I've been here before, I know what it takes and I'll be back better and stronger than ever.
"I'm obviously gutted, but this is a part of God's plan and I believe everything happens for a reason.
"I'd like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages of support.
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The 23-year-old sustained the injury while training on his own at St George's Park
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"I'm focussed on my recovery and supporting my team mates in every way I can. See you soon."
Liverpool confirmed Gomez's surgery was a success on Thursday and there is hope he may yet feature before the end of the season.
"The issue was isolated to Gomez’s tendon, with no damage to any other associated knee ligaments," the Reds wrote in a statement.
"The operation to correct the damage, which took place in London on Thursday morning, was a success and the 23-year-old will make a full recovery.
"Gomez will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team immediately, with club staff carefully monitoring his progress.
"No timescale is being placed upon his return, though the issue is likely to rule him out for a significant part of the remainder of 2020-21."
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