Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having scan at present: Liverpool stance revealed on potential setback

ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN will undergo a scan on his hamstring after his comeback from a knee injury was cut short.

The Liverpool midfielder was substituted after 40 minutes of the Reds’ Under-23s 3-1 win over Derby yesterday as a precaution.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was returning after almost a year out with a serious knee ligament injury.

The ex-Arsenal ace suffered the injury in last season’s Champions League semi-final win over Roma at Anfield in April.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was due to play 45 minutes at Derby’s Moor Farm training ground yesterday.

“The issue is not related to his knee injury”

But he was taken off just before the break after being spotted feeling his hamstring and the Reds did not want to overload him on his return.

The England midfielder walked to the changing rooms with a physio to be checked over.

The Merseysiders’ stance is that they are hopeful it is not a serious set-back but they will examine him this morning to ensure it is not a major problem.

The issue is not related to his knee injury.

He was still in good spirits heading into the dressing room, though, and gave the thumbs up to fans as he signed autographs when asked about his fitness.

The 25-year-old had shown glimpses of his quality in a ‘solid’ performance, according to on-lookers, without being too involved but was limping slightly at the end.

Liverpool’s first-team, meanwhile, will continue their charge for the title without him on Sunday when they host Burnley at Anfield (12pm).

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