Tag: Injury

Jurgen Klopp: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers ‘really bad injury’


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have suffered a “really bad” injury during Tuesday’s 5-2 Champions League win against Roma.

Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, was taken off on a stretcher in the 15th minute after appearing to hurt his knee when challenging Roma’s Aleksandar Kolarov.

When asked if he expected the player’s season to be over, Klopp replied: “Yes, that is how it is unfortunately. We don’t know yet but when all the medical department are concerned without a scan then you know it doesn’t look good. The season is not that long anymore.”

“I am a very positive person and hope it only feels bad but the reason I am not flying mood-wise tonight is because we lost a fantastic player. I am not in the mood to talk about fantastic things. Since I have been here Liverpool has always had to take the more difficult way but in the end Liverpool have always succeeded.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain has enjoyed an impressive debut season for Liverpool since joining from Arsenal for £35m last August, and made 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

However, should the injury prove to be extensive it would put in doubt his availability for this summer’s World Cup, which gets under way on 15 June.

Reds full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold says the players will be determined to reach the Champions League final for the midfielder, if his injury is serious.

“Obviously we’re all gutted for him,” he said. “If he can’t play, we’ll be looking to secure the place in the final for him and the other lads who can’t be involved.”

Brazil national team doctor: Neymar facing up to 3 months out

Soccer Football – Ligue 1 – Paris St Germain vs Olympique de Marseille – Parc des Princes, Paris, France – February 25, 2018 Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar lies on the pitch after sustaining an injury REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Paris Saint-Germain striker Neymar is expected to be out of action for up to three months after he undergoes surgery on Saturday, according to the Brazilian national team’s doctor Rodrigo Lasmar.

The forward suffered a fractured metatarsal and sprained ankle in PSG’s Sunday Ligue 1 win over Marseille.

Lasmar has said that Neymar would be resigned to the lengthy lay-off after the 26-year-old was carried off nine minutes from the end of his side’s 3-0 win over Marseille on Sunday.

“Neymar suffered a fracture to the fifth metatarsal, it is an important fracture in a foot bone,” Lasmar said. “The operation will be in Belo Horizonte on Saturday morning, and the recovery takes from two and a half months to three months. That depends a lot on his post-surgery recovery. We will have more details after the procedure.”

“Neymar is, of course, upset, sad, down, but understands that he has no alternative now. He will devote himself to being well as soon as possible. We will do our best to get him ready as soon as possible.”

The injury had also since been confirmed by PSG: “After tests, and with the player’s agreement, it has been decided that surgery is the best option,” the club said. “He will be operated on in Brazil at the end of the week.”

Both club’s decision and national team made a joint decision in taking the surgical route after “three days of planned care”.

Nevertheless, the injury lay-off means that Neymar would be absent for the rest of PSG’s domestic season as he is only expected to return to fitness just weeks before Brazil’s World Cup campaign.

Pep Guardiola: busy festive schedule is ‘going to kill the players’

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes the busy Premier League festive schedule is going to “kill” players.

Guardiola claimed that the two-day gap between his side’s New Year’s Eve draw at Crystal Palace and the 3-1 win against Watford at the Etihad Stadium was “not normal”.

With Kyle Walker ending the homematch clutching his right thigh in what could be another case of personnel loss in recent weeks for City, Guardiola cited the injury as evidence of the demands of this time of the season.

“He might have a little problem — what everyone saw in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have,” Guardiola said. “We are going to kill them. The bosses have to reflect. It’s not normal to play 31st and two days later.”

“I know the show must go on but that is not normal, they have to control it. They don’t protect the players, they are the people we come to watch – not the managers or the press conferences. Here in England you don’t protect the players, you have to look for the quality not the quantity.”

“Of course space them [the matches] out. I’m not saying change Boxing Day [games]. But you cannot play at 12 at Selhurst Park but are thinking about the game two days later. It’s not basketball or tennis — the players need recovery.”

“Just see how many muscular injuries there are. We have a lot of people here [at City] to take care of them, but the schedule does not protect the player. I think the schedule will always happen because of the tradition but think about the players – they are artists.”

In addition to the injury list is Gabriel Jesus, who injured a knee in the previous game against Palace. Guardiola said that the Brazilian forward will be out four to six weeks or “maybe a little longer.”

Meanwhile, key playmaker David Silva returned to the City squad after two games out owing to personal issues, but Guardiola added that he may miss more matches.

“We are very happy David is back, we don’t know how long but he made another exhibition – he’s essential, he showed how important he is for us. He’s free to stay or leave, it depends. He wants to stay because he enjoys it but family is the most important thing in life. It doesn’t matter if we drop a lot of points, I’d never push him. Some days he will be here, some he will be out, it depends how his family is.”