Some players leave a noticeable gap in the side when they get injured, causing the manager to scramble to find a suitable replacement and fans longing for a quick return. Others are played so infrequently by their gaffers that their absence through injury is barely a blip on the collective fan radar.
Suso, Liverpool’s increasingly unfortunate winger, falls into the latter category. Largely ignored by Brendan Rodgers in the first six weeks of the season and seen as being on the outs after refusing to sign a contract extension in the summer, the young Spaniard picked up a groin injury in October that further removed him from contention in the Liverpool side.
Happy news, then, for those who have been wondering about the status of Liverpool’s forgotten player:
Players returning from injury are usually a boost to any side, although it’s hard to see how being available for team selection will be markedly different for Suso than not being available for team selection. With the player seemingly not being anywhere near Rodgers’ usual team sheet, Suso’s best hope is that the club’s desire to extend his contract means the tide will turn in his favour in the new year.