Andy Robertson, a key player for Liverpool, has confirmed an ankle ligament damage, dealing a big setback to the club’s preparations.
Andy Robertson, a Liverpool midfielder, was injured in a pre-season match against Athletic Club on Sunday.
Just days before the start of the Premier League season, Liverpool’s plans for the coming season have been thrown into disarray. Andy Robertson, a star for the Reds, has acknowledged he has ligament damage in his ankle and has given no indication of when he will return to the field.
Robertson is expected to be out of the Premier League for the start of the season.
During Sunday’s pre-season encounter against Athletic Club, the Scottish defender fell down clutching his ankle.
He hobbled off the field, giving Reds fans optimism that his substitution was only precautionary.
However, Robertson was seen leaving the hospital on Monday wearing a protective boot, and it was later announced that he will be out for a while.
Robertson said that he underwent a scan on his ankle to assess the damage and that ligament damage had been confirmed.
Regardless of the diagnosis, the defender appeared to be optimistic that he would not be out for long.
He stated in a message posted to his Twitter account that he had no idea how long it would take him to return to Jurgen Klopp’s starting lineup.
“I appreciate everyone’s nice words and support,” he stated.
“The scan indicates nothing significant, although there is some ligament damage that will need to be repaired.
“I’ll be working hard every day to be back to helping the squad as soon as possible.
“Wishing the boys luck in tonight’s #YNWA game.”
Klopp will have to rely on last summer’s signing Kostas Tsimikas to fill in for Robertson.
The Reds face Norwich City in their Premier League opener on Saturday, and Tsimikas or James Milner are set to start in his stead.
Tsimikas was signed a year ago as Robertson’s backup, although he only appeared in two Premier League games last season.
Milner has already filled in at left-back, and his chances of returning to his preferred midfield position are slim.
This weekend, Liverpool will have Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, and Jordan Henderson available.