Liverpool have been dealt a cruel blow ahead of their run-in to the campaign - Emre Can is to be sidelined for the rest of the season through injury.
That’s according to numerous reports today, where it’s claimed that the Germany international’s injury, sustained during the incredible win over Borussia Dortmund midweek, is every bit as serious as initially feared.
Can out for six weeks?
Can limped off with an ankle problem during the latter stages of the Europa League tie at Anfield and was later seen leaving the stadium on crutches. Naturally, it was assumed that he would be facing a short spell on the sidelines, but fresh reports are circulating news that paints a more damning picture.
The Liverpool Echo say that Can has been ruled out for as long as six weeks, with scans prompting new worries that he will now be missing for the rest of the campaign.
Medical staff at Liverpool believe there may be a chance the 22-year-old can return within four weeks, giving him an outside hope of appearing in the Europa League final in Basel, if the Reds should get that far.
Injury woes and blows
Teammate Jordan Henderson is facing a similar issue, leaving Klopp with a definite problem when it comes to the centre of his midfield.
Not only does the German have the Europa League semi-final against Villarreal to prepare for, but there’s also next week’s Merseyside derby sitting in the forefront of the minds of those associated with Liverpool.
The responsibility will now likely fall to both Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen, neither of whom have been key figures this term.
It may just be that the run of games can give either man a chance at securing his future past the summer, but in any case it’s a very real blow to Klopp’s ambitions.
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