Andy Robertson insists his harm is ‘nothing too main’ however ankle ligament injury will see the Liverpool defender miss the beginning of the brand new Premier League season.
The Reds have been sweating on the defender’s health after he was left in appreciable ache after showing to badly roll his proper ankle in opposition to Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s pre-season pleasant at Anfield.
The Scotland captain was capable of limp off the pitch with help, however the scenes have been big concern for Liverpool simply days earlier than their top-flight opener in opposition to Norwich.
The 27-year-old didn’t miss a single league match final season, however will now miss the beginning of the 2021/22 marketing campaign after scans revealed the extent of the harm – though he’ll fortunately keep away from the necessity for surgical procedure.
Robertson tweeted: “Because of everybody for the type messages and help.
“Scan suggests nothing too main however there’s some ligament injury which might want to mend.
“I shall be grafting day by day so I will help the workforce once more sooner fairly than later. Good luck to the boys enjoying tonight.”
The information will come as a significant aid to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who will solely be with out Robertson for the short-term versus the long-term.
In the meantime, Klopp admitted that Liverpool obtained ‘fortunate’ with the prognosis for Robertson’s harm.
“I feel we obtained fortunate with that. It might have been a lot worse. We noticed the footage, it didn’t look too effectively,” he instructed Liverpool’s web site.
“However I feel we obtained fortunate, it won’t be too lengthy. I’m unsure [if] earlier than the worldwide break or after the worldwide break, it’s tough in these conditions.
“However not too lengthy. Clearly it was actually good to have Kostas within the again hand, to have little Owen Beck within the again hand, which is good as effectively.”
Robertson had chased down Alex Berenguer and tried to dam his cross earlier than half-time, solely to go over on his proper ankle.
Left writhing in ache in entrance of the Kop, with an audible response from the followers who noticed it occur, teammate Naby Keita immediately rushed to the stricken Scot earlier than the medical workforce had an opportunity to asses.
The 40,000 followers inside Anfield gave the defender a raucous spherical of applause as he walked off with the help of the physios and with a glance of discomfort etched on his face.
Kostas Tsimikas was being held again for Monday’s pleasant in opposition to Osasuna, so teenager Owen Beck was handed his probability by Jurgen Klopp.
It’s possible Tsimikas, who has made simply two league apperances for the Reds since signing from Olympiakos for round £12million final summer season, will stand in for Robertson in opposition to Norwich on Saturday.
Robertson racked up 3,386 minutes of top-flight motion final time period and dropping him for the beginning of the brand new season shall be an enormous blow to Klopp.
Liverpool’s preparations for the brand new marketing campaign had been constructive and with out main incident, earlier than the defender’s nasty-looking harm.
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Whereas outcomes haven’t been superb – beating Mainz 1-0, dropping 4-Three to Hertha Berling and drawing 1-1 with Athletic Bilbao – the Merseysiders have been boosted by the long-awaited returns of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Towards Bilbao, Diogo Jota opened the scoring for the hosts earlier than Berenguer levelled the scores within the second half.
Klopp’s facet are again at Anfield on Monday to face Spanish membership Osasuna of their closing pre-season conflict, earlier than their journey to Carrow Street to get their their 2021/22 Premier League marketing campaign underway in opposition to Norwich.