Tag: Injury

Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp’s squad to face further injury setback

The list of injured players in the Liverpool squad is set to extend with key player Sadio Mane aggravating his hamstring injury.

Mane played a key role in Senegal’s crucial 2-0 qualifier win over South Africa that books his nation a place in the World Cup, but complained of discomfort afterwards.

Senegal agreed to return the 25-year-old to Liverpool for further treatment while issuing a statement confirming that Mane had suffered a slight recurrence of “an old injury”.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be anxious to have Mane back as Liverpool face important fixtures including a Champions League trip to Sevilla on 21 November and hosting Chelsea arrive on 25 November.

“It is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days,” Klopp said. “At this stage we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”

“All I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.”

Another player adding to Liverpool’s injury woe is Nathaniel Clyne, who has suffered another injury setback that is likely to keep him out of action until February.

Clyne had already been left to endure a miserable campaign after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season game in July, and will now spend up to three more months out recovering from a minor operation.

The right-back started running again at Melwood in September with Jurgen Klopp calling his progress encouraging but the 26‑year‑old has had surgery which will delay his return further.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane set to miss out for up to six weeks

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had been ruled out of action through a hamstring injury for around six weeks.

Mane, 25, was injured on international duty with Senegal and his absence could not have come at a worse time for Jurgen Klopp with Manchester United visiting Anfield on Saturday.

The Senegalese international scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January because of the Africa Cup of Nations and the final six weeks of the campaign with a knee injury.

There was little doubt that he is amongst Liverpool’s most influential players, and as a result his injury has come at a particularly bad time with Adam Lallana still struggling to regain fitness after a thigh injury.

Lallana has already been sent to the Aspetar sports clinic in Qatar as he continues his rehabilitation and is likely to return in mid-November, along with Mane who will miss the two Champions League games against Maribor and trips to Tottenham and West Ham, as well the visit of Huddersfield Town.  

The Reds will still hope to have Mane in contention for their Champions League fixture in Sevilla on 21 November before they host Chelsea four days later in the Premier League.

“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday,” a Liverpool statement read. “It has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”

Klopp’s side have often struggled without Mané, since his move from Southampton, averaging 2.2 Premier League goals with him in the team as compared to 1.6 goals in his absence. Last season, their form fell away dramatically while Mané was at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning just one of their seven games, against League Two Plymouth in an FA Cup replay.

Gareth Bale commits future to Real Madrid

Gareth Bale has dismissed any notion of a potential return to the Premier League, saying that he is happy and commits his long-term future to Real Madrid amidst speculation of his future with the club.

Bale, 27, who agreed a new deal with Real in October lasting until 2022, had a bright start to the season with goals in the Champions League and La Liga, but was then ruled out for a  majority of Real’s fixtures with two major injuries.

It was speculated that his time at Real was at its end, with Manchester United, who had tried to sign him from Tottenham in 2013 before being beaten by Real, slated as being amongst the forerunners to his signature.  

However, speaking at Real’s Champions League final win at his home city of Cardiff, the Welshman made it clear that he wants to remain at the club and commit to his contract.

“I’ve signed a long-term contract at Madrid,” he said. “My family is happy and I am happy so, yeah, we will continue what we are doing. We are winning trophies and I am happy.

“I’ve worked double sessions for three, four weeks to get myself ready for this, to get myself fit, recover from the surgery – which still has a little more healing to do – but I will be able to rest in the summer, do some more rehab and then come next season stronger.”

“It’s been a tough year with a lot of football and the injuries, but the main thing for me is to get my ankle sorted and give it that rest it needs. I came back too early from the surgery. But I still finished the season happy, it’s a great finish with another trophy.”

Bale’s representatives have also dismissed reports linking him with a return to the Premier League, stressing that he has no desire to leave the most successful club in global football.