Liverpool Injury Update: Latest On Coutinho, Firmino & Sturridge
Here is the latest update on the fitness of key Liverpool trio Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool fear Philippe Coutinho has suffered ankle ligament damage after being stretchered off during Saturday’s 2-0 win over Sunderland, according to the Guardian.
Coutinho went down clutching his right ankle following a 50:50 challenge with Didier Ndong midway through the first half and left the field in tears with his ankle in a brace.
The Guardian claim that the Brazilian international was assessed at Melwood this morning before leaving on crutches wearing a protective boot and will be sent for a scan on Monday to determine the full extent of the injury.
However, it looks like Liverpool could be without Coutinho for the foreseeable future as the newspaper says the club fear the 24-year-old has damaged his ankle ligaments, which would rule him out for several weeks.
If confirmed, it would come as a huge blow to the Merseysiders title chances as Coutinho has been a key player for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season having scored 6 goals and set-up a further 6 for his team mates in his 12 appearances.
We’ll have to wait and see how long the Brazilian playmaker is ruled out for but with key league games against Bournemouth, West Ham, Middlesbrough, Everton, Stoke and Manchester City coming up in December, Liverpool will be praying for positive news.
The Reds aren’t overly reliant on any one player but Coutinho’s injury has been compounded by the news that Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge are also carrying knocks.
Sturridge missed the win over Sunderland with a calf injury and was still absent from training today [source: Guardian] so it remains to be seen how long the striker will be on the sidelines for.
Firmino was forced off during the final stages at Anfield on Saturday afternoon after picking up his own calf problem but there appears to be positive news on the Brazilian as the Guardian claim his injury is not thought to be serious.
There is also encouraging news on Adam Lallana – who’s missed the last two games with a groin injury – as the newspaper says the midfielder could be in contention for the trip to Bournemouth next weekend.
Liverpool are one of the front-runners for the title this season as they are currently sitting second in the Premier League table and just one point behind leaders Chelsea but the last thing Klopp wants is to see their title challenge derailed by injuries to key players.