Liverpool injury news: Henderson, Robertson and Salah updates and expected return dates
Liverpool welcome Premier League leaders Leicester to Anfield on Sunday night (7.45pm kick-off) having endured fresh injury woes over the international break, with centre-back Joe Gomez facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson suffering potential knocks. Express Sport offers the latest update on all of the Reds’ injured players ahead of the clash with the Foxes.
Henderson has withdrawn from the England squad and returned to Liverpool for an assessment.
Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate sparked further injury fears following Joe Gomez’s injury in England training after Sunday’s Nations League loss to Belgium.
Southgate said of Henderson after the defeat: “Jordan had a bit of tightness at half time and felt he couldn’t carry on. We’ll have to assess him when we get back.”
Henderson has already battled a thigh strain and a knee problem that curtailed his previous campaign in the past six months.
England play again on Wednesday night against Iceland and Henderson, having pulled out of the squad, will obviously not be involved. Liverpool have not ruled him out of playing against Leicester though.
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Left-back Robertson missed Scotland’s late loss to Slovakia on Sunday after helping the Tartan Army into the Euros just days earlier with a penalty shootout win over Serbia.
And Steve Clarke confirmed post-match: “Andy was probably a little bit worse than the rest, which is why I left him out. It would have been too big a risk.
“But he’s coming to Israel so we’ll assess him over there and hopefully get him on the pitch. That would be good as we’d like our captain on the pitch.”
Summer signing Kostas Tsimikas is fit but Liverpool will hope Robertson is fit given the test Leicester will pose.
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First-choice right-back Alexander-Arnold is set to spend between around four out with the muscle injury he sustained against Manchester City in Liverpool’s final game pre-international break.
The England international limped off to be replaced by James Milner and faces around a month out, which would prevent him from playing in six league and Champions League matches.
Alexander-Arnold, 22, is expected to step up his recovery at the club’s new training base in the coming days following a period of rest.
Liverpool will hope Alexander-Arnold can return for either the Champions League game vs Midtjylland on December 9 or the top-flight fixture at Fulham three days later.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has yet to play this season following a knee injury sustained in pre-season while out in Austria in August.
The 27-year-old midfielder has been rehabilitating at Liverpool’s training base as he hopes to return before 2021.
But as of yet, there have been few real updates on his progress, with Klopp saying earlier this month: “Doing well, that’s how it is with the boys. Especially Oxlade, it takes time but looks really good, but takes time – everybody knows that.
Oxlade-Chamberlain posted a picture on his Instagram on Sunday of him out on the grass with a ball at his feet, indicating he is getting closer to a return.
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Salah will not be available against Leicester following a positive coronavirus test, although Egypt say they are confident the winger will return a negative test later this week.
The 28-year-old has been in self-isolation in a hotel and will miss Egypt’s clash with Togo today but will undergo another test on Thursday and will be given the all-clear to return to England if it comes back negative.
“Salah is currently in El-Gouna to complete his quarantine and he will conduct another PCR test on Thursday,” Hossam Hosny, head of the COVID-19 committee for the Ministry of Health in Egypt said of the winger.
“And I expect that his result will be negative because until now, the player hasn’t shown any symptoms.
“Liverpool are communicating with us to check on Salah, and their medical staff agreed that he would travel to El-Gouna, and Salah can return to England if his test result on Thursday is negative.”
Even if Salah does jet back to Merseyside, however, Premier League rules mean he will not be cleared to play Leicester.
Liverpool’s much-hyped summer signing Thiago has been limited to just 135 minutes of action across two appearances since joining from Bayern Munich after contracting coronavirus then suffering a knee injury.
A heavy challenge from Everton’s Richarlison has kept the 29-year-old out of Liverpool’s last six games.
But Klopp said of Thiago before the clash with Man City: “Thiago, that’s how it is. It’s an injury but doesn’t need a surgery, all these kind of things but still takes time.
“The challenge that day was a harsh one and directly against the leg, so still adapting but improving. It will not be too long anymore but for this game I don’t think he will be in.”
It remains to be seen whether he will rejoin his team-mates in full training later this week to be passed fit for the weekend.
Having missed Liverpool’s last three games across all competitions with a hamstring problem, Fabinho’s return will be more than welcome to Jurgen Klopp.
The German manager is expected to have the Brazilian holding midfielder back for the visit of Leicester.
Fabinho is expected to return to the team in central defence alongside Joel Matip, who is looking to make back-to-back Premier League appearances for the first time in over 12 months.
Gomez has undergone surgery on the tendon problem he sustained in England training and posted a social media message to fans last week.
He said: “The road to recovery has already begun. I’ve been here before, I know what it takes & I’ll be back better and stronger than ever.
“I’m obviously gutted, but this is part of gods plan (sic) and I believe everything happens for a reason. I’d like to thank everyone for their well wishes and messages of support. I’m focused on my recovery and supporting my team mates in every way I can. See you soon.”
It remains to be seen when Gomez will play again for Liverpool with no timeframe mentioned for his rehabilitation.
Virgil van Dijk
Gini Wijnaldum has admitted Van Dijk is “going through hell” after undergoing knee surgery following ligament damage suffered against Everton last month.
He said of his Netherlands team-mate: “Virgil will return with God’s will. It is a difficult time for him; this is the worst thing you can experience as a football player.
“You go through hell. But I think he is very strong. We FaceTime every now and then and that is very nice.”
Van Dijk faces a major battle to play again this season or to represent his country at the Euros because of his anterior cruciate ligament rupture.
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