Emre Can faces anxious wait to discover extent of ankle injury

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Liverpool fans wouldn’t be blamed if they thought that the incredible comeback victory against Borussia Dortmund was the perfect night.

If you want to win a match, that’s exactly how you want to do it - coming back from the death to dramatically win it in injury time.

But something that may have got, understandably, lost in the celebrations was Emre Can’s nasty looking injury.


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Can went down in Dortmund’s penalty area with an ankle injury moments before Mamadou Sakho scored Liverpool’s important equaliser.

The German was replaced before Dejan Lovren’s winner but could be seen joining in the celebrations at the Kop end after the defender had completed the comeback.

However, after the final whistle, Can was using crutches with Liverpool fans fearing the worst. The 22-year-old has now explained his injury situation.

Can on his injury

“We will have to see what the scan shows,” Can told the Liverpool Echo.

“I twisted my ankle. I hope it’s not too bad but it’s too early to say.”

A scan is likely to take place on Saturday with results coming shortly afterwards.

Anxious wait

Liverpool fans can’t be blamed for feeling anxious about the results of the scans. Can was brilliant against Dortmund and created Divock Origi’s goal with a magnificently weighted through ball.

With captain Jordan Henderson likely to be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, Kopites will be praying Can’s injury isn’t too serious.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man will miss Sunday’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth through suspension but will be hoping to be involved against Everton on Wednesday.

But, most importantly, Can will be desperate to be fit in time for Liverpool’s semi-final ties against Villarreal on April 28 and May 5.

Liverpool needed another famous European night at Anfield to reach the last-four and Can praised the fans for the incredible atmosphere.

Can on the atmosphere

“It was unbelievable,” he said.

“I’ve never played in an atmosphere like that."

Can continued: “They were our 12th man. We were one team all together - the players, the manager, the staff and the supporters.

“This is a big result and this is for everyone, it’s for the whole city.

“Everyone believed we could do it, even at half-time. I am very proud to be a part of this team,” he added.

Villarreal will pose a real threat to the Reds in the semi-final with the Yellow Submarine sitting in fourth in La Liga.

With Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk the other two teams left in the competition, Can is aware that there is still plenty of work to do in order for the club to lift their fourth Europa League - formerly the UEFA Cup.

Can on winning the Europa League

“We want to win that trophy,” he added.

“There are still good teams left in it and the semi-final won’t be easy but we just have to keep believing in ourselves.

“Going through is a big achievement because Dortmund are such a good team. Everyone believed - that’s why we won the game - and now we need to continue like this.”

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