Liverpool winger Luis Diaz is ready be sidelined till after the World Cup, with Jurgen Klopp confirming the knee damage he sustained in opposition to Arsenal will hold him out for six to eight weeks.
The 25-year-old, a January purchase from Porto who performed a key position in Liverpool’s FA Cup and EFL Cup triumphs final season, was pressured off earlier than half-time in opposition to the Gunners on Sunday.
Whereas preliminary scans confirmed Diaz is not going to must endure surgical procedure, he’s however dominated out for the foreseeable future, with a return to motion unlikely till the festive interval.
Diaz was not the one Liverpool participant to maintain an damage on the Emirates Stadium, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip becoming a member of him within the remedy room.
Talking to the media forward of Liverpool’s Champions League assembly with Rangers, Klopp revealed the anticipated timeframe for Diaz’s restoration and expressed aid his damage was not worse.
“I assumed we had been a bit of bit fortunate with Trent as a result of ankle didn’t look good,” Klopp stated on Tuesday.
“Lucho [Diaz], it’s six to eight weeks or no matter. He appears a fast healer, however we’ve to watch out. It may have been worse. It’s not nice, but it surely’s the scenario, and we’ve to take care of it.
“Joel felt his calf a bit of bit and had a scan and is out as nicely.”
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Whereas each Alexander-Arnold and Matip are solely anticipated to return in good time earlier than the mid-season pause, Diaz’s damage represents a blow to Liverpool’s hopes of reviving their flagging Premier League title bid.
Diaz has scored 4 objectives in 12 appearances in all competitions this season, a tally solely bettered by Roberto Firmino (six) and Mohamed Salah (5) amongst Liverpool gamers.
Klopp’s group will host Southampton of their remaining Premier League match earlier than the World Cup break on November 12, and so they resume with a visit to Aston Villa on December 26, by which era Diaz is predicted to have returned to health.