Liverpool Dealt Fresh Injury Blow As Star Ruled Out For Up To 6 Weeks

By on April 16, 2016

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Liverpool have been handed a major injury blow with midfielder Emre Can ruled out for up to six weeks with a ruptured ankle ligament injury.

The German international limped off during the closing stages of Liverpool’s sensational 4-3 Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night and was seen leaving Anfield on crutches after the game.

The Merseysiders have been nervously awaiting the results of a scan that was undertaken on Friday to determine the full extent of the injury and unfortunately it looks like the midfielder will struggle to play again this season.

A statement on Liverpoolfc.com confirmed that Can has been ruled out for between four to six weeks after rupturing ankle ligaments which means the earliest he could be available is on the final weekend of the Premier League season.

The news will come as a major blow to the Anfield club as it means the 22-year-old will miss both legs of Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final against Villarreal and he’s likely to also miss their final seven league games.

However, despite the initial diagnosis, Jurgen Klopp has still not given up hope of Can playing again this season and confirmed the club will do all they can to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.

Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com:

“It’s with the ligament in the ankle. But we will see. In this moment it’s not the best news, to be honest.

“But Emre wants to be back as soon as possible and we will try everything we can do.

“[Anyone] who saw the game against Dortmund knows it would not be too bad if we could involve him once or twice. We will see. There’s a chance. How big? Time will show.”

If Can makes a swift recovery, there is a chance he could feature in Liverpool’s final game against West Brom on May 15th and put himself in contention for the place in the team if the Reds progress to the final of the Europa League, which would be held on May 18.

Can’s injury comes just a week after Jordan Henderson was also ruled out for at least five weeks with a knee ligament injury so Liverpool are going to be without their two starting central midfielders during the closing stages of the campaign.

In their absence, it will open the door for the likes of Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen to stake their claim at a first team place.

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