Can was brilliant against Dortmund.

Emre Can sidelined for 4-6 weeks with ankle injury

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Liverpool fans must have thought their dramatic 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund was the perfect night. However, their incredible comeback win didn’t come without a cost.

That’s because midfielder Emre Can picked up a nasty ankle injury late in the second-half.

The German went down in the box moments before Mamadou Sakho scored Liverpool’s third goal after twisting his ankle and the 22-year-old was seen leaving Anfield on crutches, with many fearing his season is over.

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And, it's been revealed, Can will be sidelined for four to six weeks with ruptured ankle ligaments.

It comes as a massive blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side. With captain Jordan Henderson also sidelined until the end of the season, Can’s injury news leaves the Reds short in midfield.

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While Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva are capable of playing in Can’s position, they both lack the energy and passing ability that the former Bayer Leverkusen ace brings.

Can played a big role in Liverpool’s incredible comeback on Thursday. He made Divock Origi’s goal - Liverpool’s first on the night - with a brilliant double one-two before a beautifully weighted through-ball.

But this injury news means that Liverpool will have to cope without Can for both of their Europa League semi-final ties against Villarreal on April 28 and May 5.

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If Liverpool overcome the Spanish side, they will play the final in Basel on May 18th. With that date less than five weeks away, it will be a big ask for him to be fit in time.

However, Liverpool's official website have stated: "A return before the end of the season has not been ruled out for the 22-year-old.

Can signed from Leverkusen in the summer of 2014 for a fee of around £10 million. Since Klopp's arrival in October, the commanding midfielder has been almost ever-present in the side and the news that he is likely to miss the remainder of the campaign will come as a bitter blow to the manager.

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