Liverpool receive major injury boost ahead of Leicester City clash

The international break has done little to ease the Liverpool injury crisis that is threatening to derail the champions’ season. Going into the fixtures, the Reds were already facing up to the fact that a number of key players were set for spells on the sidelines.

Virgil van Dijk suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury, one that is likely to end his season.

In their final game before the two-week break, Trent Alexander-Arnold suffered a calf issue which kept the England defender in Merseyside to recover.

And with the players away, Jurgen Klopp has been dealt even more bad news.

Firstly, Joe Gomez suffered a serious knee injury in training with England, where after surgery it was revealed he will miss a significant portion of the season.

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Rhys Williams was also withdrawn from England Under-21 duty after he complained of a hip issue, making his availability for the to of the table clash with Leicester City on Sunday.

Concerns were also raised about Andy Robertson, when he missed Scotland’s fixture in Slovakia on Sunday.

The left-back was believed to be struggling with a hamstring strain, raising the possibility that Klopp would be without his entire back-four.

However, in a major boost for the Reds, Robertson returned to Scotland action on Wednesday, playing the entire 90 minutes during their 1-0 defeat in Israel.

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Liverpool are also confident that skipper Jordan Henderson will be ready for the Foxes.

The midfielder was sent home from England duty earlier this week after suffering a back injury during the defeat to Belgium in Leuven.

He would be subsequently ruled out of the game with Iceland and sent back to Liverpool’s new AXA training facility to recover.

It is now understood however, that move was more a precautionary measure, meaning Klopp could have his trusted captain ready for action.

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One player who definitely won’t be available against Leicester this weekend, is Mohamed Salah.

The 28-year-old initially tested positive last week, whilst on international duty with Egypt.

Despite not suffering any symptoms, Salah has subsequently tested positive again on Wednesday, meaning the forward will be forced to stay in his homeland until he tests negative.

Premier League protocols are clear that any player testing positive must self-isolate for a minimum period of 10 days, meaning he is also unlikely to be available for Brighton the following week.

Egyptian FA chief Amr El Ganainy previously claimed Salah won’t leave Egypt until he has recovered.

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