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Salah, Henderson, Thiago and every Liverpool injury with return dates before Leicester – Liverpool Echo

Salah, Henderson, Thiago and every Liverpool injury with return dates before Leicester – Liverpool Echo

Liverpool look set to be short on numbers at the back when they face Leicester City next weekend.

The Reds host Leicester in a 7.15pm kick-off on Sunday, November 22 and will be hoping to avoid any further injury blows before then.

Their bad luck with injuries this season continued after the news Joe Gomez suffered a knee tendon injury while on international duty with England.

The Reds have already had to deal with a number of injuries this season including ones to Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara and most recently Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jurgen Klopp is just one of a number of Premier League managers who has expressed their displeasure at the decision to not allow five substitutes each game in order to manage the fitness and wellbeing of players.

Here’s the most recent updates on Liverpool’s injury list including full details on when they could be expected to return to action.

Mohamed Salah

Salah has tested positive for Covid-19 but is not showing any symptoms and could return to Liverpool on Thursday with Egypt confident the forward will have recovered from coronavirus.

The Egyptian has been in self-isolation after testing positive for the virus on Friday ahead of his county’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Togo.

The 28-year-old had been training with the national team for three days having reportedly attended his brother’s wedding in Cairo last Monday. He was also handed an award by the Egyptian FA at a ceremony in Cairo on Wednesday.

Salah has been in quarantine in a hotel in El-Gouna ahead of his next coronavirus test on Thursday.

And the Egyptian Ministry of Health’s head of the COVID-19 committee, Hossam Hosny, believes the Liverpool man will return a negative result that would allow him to return to his club.

Salah might have to self-isolate for at least 10 days due to the UK government laws on positive coronavirus tests if that doesn’t happen, however, and he may have to isolate for longer should he develop symptoms but, as it stands, he will definitely be out of contention for the Leicester game.

With Salah currently away on international duty, he faces a race to return in time to face Atalanta in the Champions League.

Instead, the trip to Brighton on November 28 may be the more realistic option for Salah’s return.

Jordan Henderson

Liverpool were handed yet another injury concern after skipper Jordan Henderson was forced out of England’s defeat in Belgium.

Henderson was substituted as a precaution after complaining of a problem during the half-time break in the 2-0 UEFA Nations League reverse in Leuven on Sunday evening.

He underwent a further assessment on Monday morning when England returned to St George’s Park to begin preparations for Wednesday’s Wembley clash with Iceland.

Henderson is almost certain to miss the match, with the Three Lions now unable to qualify for next year’s finals and not under threat of relegation from the top tier of the competition.

However, Liverpool will be hoping he recovers in time to face Leicester City this weekend.

Andy Robertson

Liverpool will keep a close eye on Andy Robertson’s fitness after Steve Clarke suggested the defender could play for Scotland in midweek.

Robertson sat out his country’s 1-0 UEFA Nations League defeat in Slovakia on Sunday afternoon as a precaution having complained of tightness in his hamstring.

The left-back had featured for 120 minutes as Scotland beat Serbia on penalties three days earlier to qualify for next summer’s European Championships.

He has travelled with his national team to Israel and so douts about his fitness are easing and he should be back in time to play the Foxes.

Joe Gomez

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has had surgery on a tendon in his left knee – and now faces a battle to play again this season.

Gomez underwent a successful operation on Thursday to repair the tendon after suffering the injury during training with England the previous day.

While scans revealed the 23-year-old did not sustain any ligament damage, he now faces a lengthy rehabilitation.

No timescale has been set on Gomez’s recovery, with Liverpool not ruling out the possibility of the centre-back playing again this campaign.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold was taken off during the 1-1 draw against Manchester City in the second half with a hamstring injury.

The Reds right-back is expected to miss around a month of football after picking up a calf injury, but is currently enjoying some time off due to the international break.

Jurgen Klopp confirmed the England man would miss the national team’s triple header in mid November.

He will step up his rehabilitation at Liverpool’s brand new AXA Training Centre next week as he sets his sights on a swift return to action.

However, Trent will face a race against time to declare his fitness for the game in Denmark against FC Midtjylland on December 9.

It means the Reds are likely to be without their first-choice right-back for the remainder of their Champions League group stage while he also sits out matches with Leicester, Brighton and Wolves in the Premier League.

Fabinho

Fabinho became victim of Liverpool’s mounting injury problems when he pulled up in the first half of the win over Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League with a hamstring problem.

Scans have since taken place and Liverpool look set to be without the midfielder, who has been performing well as an emergency centre-back for the Reds, until after the international break.

Klopp has confirmed that Fabinho should be fine to return after the international break.

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Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool will be without Virgil van Dijk for the majority of the season at the very least after he sustained a serious ACL injury against Everton.

The Reds’ inspirational centre-back was caught by a horror challenge from Jordan Pickford and underwent successful surgery in London this week.

Liverpool are reluctant to put a timeframe on it but the Reds defender might not play against this season.

Thiago Alcantara

Midfielder Thiago Alcantara was also injured in the derby after finding himself on the receiving end of a wild lunge from Richarlison, for which the Everton forward was sent off.

There had been initial fears that the summer signing’s injury was serious, but a scan gave the Reds positive news and the Spaniard was pictured training alone before the Midtjylland game.

However doubts remain as to when he will next be available as he missed fixtures against West Ham and Manchester City.

Fans will be on the lookout to see if the midfielder features once full training resumes at the club’s new AXA Training Centre next week.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The 27-year-old was involved in a challenge during training while in Austria when the incident occurred and Jurgen Klopp explained it looked like a similar injury to the one captain Jordan Henderson suffered toward the end of last season against Brighton.

He returned to Melwood for rehabilitation with club medical staff. The midfielder has had bad luck with injuries during his Liverpool career and fans will hope the latest won’t keep him out for much longer.

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