Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has sustained a knee injury, and is set to be sidelined for at least two weeks.
The former Southampton defender didn’t make it into Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.
The Liverpool Echo have confirmed that Clyne is actually recovering from a knee injury, which he sustained a couple of weeks ago. Their report quoted: “Clyne, who featured in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday, has missed out with a knee problem he has been nursing for a number of weeks.”
He is expected to be fully recovered before Liverpool’s clash against Manchester United on the 17th of October, however, some reports claim that he is a doubt for the match.
The 25-year-old, who hasn’t been out injured for the past 3 years, has already become a pivotal member of the Liverpool squad, and the Reds fans will be worried not to see him start against Manchester United.
Should Clyne not be fit enough to start against Manchester United, Klopp would have to shift a few players around in his squad, possibly playing James Milner in the right-back role, or maybe even use Emre Can to fill in the gap.
England Interim Boss Gareth Southgate explained his decision not to add Clyne to the England squad this time out.
He revealed that he is looking for the right balance of youth and experience, and therefore, opted for former Liverpool right-back, Glen Johnson.
“We lost Nathaniel and the rationale is, the squad the last couple of years we’ve gone young, young, young, and I’m not sure you can keep doing that. I think there’s a moment for some experience. In the summer we saw in key pressure moments, there’s a bit of a lack of big-match experience.”
His announced England squad is as follows: Forster, Hart, Heaton; Bertrand, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Rose, Smalling, Stone, Walker, Dier, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Antonio, Lingard, Sterling, Walcott, Alli; Rooney, Rashford, Sturridge, Vardy.