Liverpool and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been ruled out of action for another 3 months after surgery.
The former Southampton player injured his back during the summer, and has not featured at all this term. Liverpool then showed the defender to some specialists following his injury, following which the surgery decision was made.
And after a successful operation, it has now been confirmed that the player will be out until February. This comes as a major disappointment for the Reds, especially with the busy December schedule coming up.
Clyne has been a trusted asset for Jurgen Klopp, and his solidity will be missed sorely. During his absence, however, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have been donning the right-back position for the Anfield outfit, and have impressed.
Moreover, as far Clyne’s national team chances go, he will find it difficult to make the cut for next year’s World Cup, especially with the likes of Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier the likely choices for England manager Gareth Southgate for the right-back position.
Besides Clyne, the Reds have also missed Adam Lallana, as he too, hasn’t featured so far after an injury in the pre-season tour. Liverpool are currently fifth in the Premier League table, and host Southampton at Anfield over the weekend. A trip to Spain follows days later with Champions League football at their disposal.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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