Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp admits they “obtained fortunate” with Andy Robertson’s ankle damage regardless of the left-back being dominated out for the primary few weeks of the Premier League season.
The Scotland worldwide needed to be helped off the pitch in Sunday’s pleasant with Athletic Bilbao and additional evaluation has revealed an issue which is able to forestall his involvement towards Norwich this weekend and past.
Robertson mentioned on Twitter the damage was “nothing too main” but it is understood his absence will still be a number of weeks.
“I believe we obtained fortunate with Andy, it might have been a lot worse,” mentioned Klopp.
“The footage didn’t look too effectively however we obtained fortunate and it’ll not be too lengthy. Earlier than the worldwide break (in early September), after the worldwide break, I don’t know.”
Robertson is remaining upbeat regardless of being pictured outdoors a Liverpool hospital on Monday along with his foot in a protecting boot.
“Scan suggests nothing too main however there’s some ligament harm which might want to mend,” he mentioned on Twitter.
“I will probably be grafting day-after-day so I might help the workforce once more sooner fairly than later.”
Robertson’s damage makes it more and more doubtless Kostas Tsimikas, who managed simply six Premier League minutes in his maiden marketing campaign for the Reds final season, will make his first league begin at Carrow Street.
If the 3-1 pleasant win over Osasuna was a gown rehearsal for the Greece worldwide then he seemed greater than snug, along with his low Twenty first-minute cross organising the primary of two Roberto Firmino objectives after Takumi Minamino had opened the scoring with a deflected shot.
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He had one wobble when he gave the ball away near his personal objective and wanted centre-back Joe Gomez to come back to his rescue as Chimy Avila headed for objective.
Klopp had a second of concern early within the second half when Jesus Areso clattered into his solely remaining match left-back however Tsimikas, having crumpled in a heap underneath the problem, was in a position to proceed.
Tsimikas was even given an opportunity on free-kicks, though judging by his solely effort simply earlier than he was taken off within the 71st minute he is not going to be getting many alternatives within the Premier League.
Konate seems to be strong; damage fear for Jones
It was one other night time of positives with summer season signing Ibrahima Konate wanting strong and composed in his first 80 minutes at Anfield in a centre-back partnership with Gomez.
After enjoying the final 4 months of final season with no recognised centre-back, Klopp now has to select from a quartet who all look able to slotting in at Norwich on Saturday.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain began the sport in midfield and completed it up entrance however seemed vivid all through the complete 90 minutes, particularly offering a menace from deep, whereas Firmino seemed like he was having fun with enjoying in entrance of a crowd once more after a troublesome 18 months behind closed doorways.
Ahead Xherdan Shaqiri was not within the squad as Lyon have made an strategy, though not one which meets the membership’s £13million valuation, whereas Nat Phillips, who has been attracting curiosity from quite a few Premier League sides, was additionally omitted.
The one draw back on the night was one other damage, this time to midfielder Curtis Jones who was pressured off within the first half with an obvious rib difficulty after twice being clattered.