Friday, 24 November, 2017

Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne out for another three months after operation

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Kristopher Love | 14 November, 2017, 10:32

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne underwent surgery on his back this week which could see him kept out of action for up to three months.

The England worldwide has not featured all season because of the issue and it is understood that he will face a further lay-off after having an operation on Monday.

"He was in a good way and then had a little setback".

Earlier this month manager Jurgen Klopp admitted Clyne's recovery had gone backwards. That's how back problems are.

The right back has not played since the final game of last term and had been sent to see specialists all over the world in an attempt to pinpoint the cause of his problems.

The decision was then taken for Clyne to have surgery and he underwent the procedure on Monday.

"If I was Liverpool, I would try to hire (Watford manager) Marco Silva as his replacement".

For Liverpool, youngsters Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have impressed Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool have 10 games in 35 days coming up over a busy winter schedule - injury and suspensions at centre-back could mean Gomez is needed in the centre of defence and leave Liverpool extremely short when games are played so close together.

"I am told it will be longer than just a couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor and assess". We have to make him 100 percent ready.

"Of course it's hard for me", Robertson told journalists while off on duty with Scotland.

Captain Jordan Henderson, who last week pulled out of England's matches against Germany and Brazil because of a thigh problem which forced him to miss the win over West Ham, was among the players present but he did not train with the main group.

Philippe Coutinho could be returning to a frosty atmosphere at Liverpool's Melwood training facility after the Brazilian star declared himself fit to face England on Tuesday night.