Liverpool star ruled out of Euro 2024 as fresh injury setback confirmed

Jarell Quansah celebrates after scoring the team's first goal with Curtis Jones and Ben Doak of Liverpool
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Liverpool forward Ben Doak has been ruled out of Euro 2024 after suffering another injury setback.

Doak had been named in Scotland's 28-man provisional squad for the tournament and was expected to feature in a friendly against Scotland on Monday evening, only to then be left out of the squad.

It has since been confirmed by the Scottish FA that the 18-year-old has withdrawn from his country's Euro 2024 squad through injury, dealing the teenager a major blow. Doak made five first-team appearances for Liverpool this season, though he has not featured at any level for the club since sustaining a meniscus injury while featuring for the under-21s in December.

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The winger returned to training with Liverpool's first team before the end of the season last month and was in line to make the final cut for the Scotland squad, particularly as he is one of just three available forwards named in the initial party after QPR striker Lyndon Dykes was forced to withdraw due to an ankle injury.

Discussing the condition of Doak ahead of Monday's 2-0 win over Gibraltar, former Liverpool assistant coach and current boss of the Tartan Army, Steve Clarke, said: "Listen, Ben is in the squad to gain experience, to work with us,” said Clarke. “He has been out (injured) for four-and-a-half months so let’s not put too much on Ben.

"He will be available (for Gibraltar), maybe some minutes off the bench. But let’s keep Ben in the right place. Let’s not overhype or overpush him. Let’s do it properly.”