Liverpool supporters in the United States sat around turkey dinners yesterday thinking of all the things they were thankful for—but Christmas wish lists were already foremost on the mind of every Red. First on that list is a healthy Fabinho, the linchpin in Liverpool’s midfield who went down with an ankle injury in Wednesday’s Champions League draw with Napoli.
However, it’s starting to look like December 25th might come and go with that wish unfulfilled as reports have the Brazilian missing between four to six weeks. While everyone around Anfield would’ve initially been hopeful after the holding midfielder walked off the pitch under his own power, manager Jürgen Klopp could now enter the most grueling period of the fixture list without a core member of his spine.
The Daily Mail cautioned that the prognosis is only speculation pending an official scan that the club has held off performing to allow the injury to settle. It is thought however, with the Brazilian recently spotted in a protective boot, that the four to six weeks estimate will most likely be accurate.
With another starter in Joël Matip still sidelined indefinitely, this will be a true test of Liverpool’s title credentials as the likes of Leicester City and Manchester City will look to make an assault on the league leaders’ eight-point lead in the table.
The Reds themselves are gearing up for the challenge with leading scorer Sadio Mane adamant that the fatigue they will face their nine fixtures across 29 days is “all in the head.” It will be up to the rest of the squad is going to step up to the plate.