Liverpool have been hit with another injury blow as Curtis Jones have been ruled out ahead of their Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday.
The Athletic reports that the 21-year-old midfielder, who came off the bench in the Community Shield match against Manchester City last weekend, has picked up a calf injury that will keep him out for up to four weeks. He is expected to miss Liverpool’s opening league game, however the full degree of the injury is yet unknown as they wait for a specialist’s verdict.
The day after the injury, Jones, who made 27 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side last season, was spotted in the Anfield stands wearing a protective boot. He adds to a long list of uncertainties for Klopp going into the Premier League season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out against Fulham due to a serious hamstring injury he sustained in pre-season against Crystal Palace. He is expected to be out for two to three months. A thigh injury suffered early in pre-season is also expected to keep Diogo Jota who only signed a new deal this week from playing.
Although backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is sidelined with a groin injury, first-choice Alisson is expected to play despite missing the Community Shield due to an injury. Naby Keita, who missed the win over Manchester City due to illness, is also likely to be available.
The Reds are also concerned about Kostas Tsimikas and Ibrahima Konate, who both suffered minor injuries prior to the game as they may not be risked against Fulham. Klopp said at the conclusion of their pre-season schedule that his squad “look really good and sharp” despite juggling some injury issues.
“When you have a pre-season, I’m now long enough in the business that I think I can get a sense of where we are and how good we could be. But yesterday the game was a really good sign because we looked really ready, we looked really sharp and that’s important,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com
“Now we have a full week, and in the end I think we have two full weeks probably for the next two games to prepare. You have to use that as kind of a pre-season, that’s why we played today and now we have to see that we prepare well for Fulham because it’s a different game obviously. But the boys look good and so I’m happy with where we are.
“A little bit lesser injuries would be nice – we were a bit unlucky very early, before we really started training, to be honest, and that doesn’t help. But the boys will come back rather sooner than later and then we have a fuller squad.
“But in the moment, the boys who are available look really good and sharp.”