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Ibe Expected to Miss England Duty with Knee Injury

Liverpool's injury list is up to ten players, with Jordon Ibe's damaged knee likely to keep him out of international action and leaving him a doubt for the Manchester City match.

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Most of the injury news coming out of the weekend for Liverpool focused on Mamadou Sakho, with the French defender suffering a knee injury that will keep him out for at least the next two weeks and, depending on what he's told by a specialist today, perhaps even as long as two months.

Jordon Ibe also picked up an injury against Crystal Palace, having to come off late in the match favouring his knee following a collision. Scans have revealed that in his case, there is only bruising, and Ibe is expected to miss one to two weeks recovering. This is roughly in line with early expectations for the injury.

He is, however, far from certain to be available to face Manchester City on the 21st, and he is not expected to take part with England's U21s when they take on Bosnia & Herzegovina and then Switzerland over the next two weeks. It may not be the best news for Ibe, but given Liverpool's current injury crisis, it's still a boost.

Liverpool currently have ten injured first team players, all of whom are at best questionable for the City match. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez are unlikely to play again this season following ACL injuries, while Jon Flanagan continues to exist in a seeming state of permanent recovery. He is, as of now, expected back in six weeks.

Ibe and Sakho join James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jordan Rossiter, and Kolo Toure in the group of players expected to be out around two more weeks. Aside from Henderson's foot injury, Liverpool's ten injured players rather concerningly all have knee or hamstring issues.

It's not just Liverpool's players in the first team picking up injury, either. Including loanees, Liverpool have a total of 16 players under contract to the club who are currently injured.

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