Oh, James Milner. What started out as a bright season for the Manchester City man eventually turned to the stuff of fewer plaudits in more recent matches, with fans becoming increasingly distraught over the performances turned in by the veteran midfielder. Milner missed the last few Liverpool matches due to suspension and injury, but as the international break hits its midway mark, he's hoping he can once again take the pitch when his club travel to the Etihad next weekend.
"It's always disappointing to miss any games - and obviously missing last weekend and the England games is disappointing," Milner lamented. "It shouldn't be too long and hopefully I'll be back for the next game, but we'll have to wait and see.
"You never like to put a timeframe on it because it's a hamstring and they're always difficult and a bit unpredictable, but hopefully I'll be alright. It's disappointing, but these things happen and hopefully I'll be back soon."
Liverpool are indeed familiar with the particular set of concerns that come with injured hamstrings, and Milner counts himself amongst ten senior players currently spending time in the Melwood physio room. Depsite the numerous injuries plaguing his team, though, Jurgen Klopp isn't necessarily in a poor place with his midfield options and if he can avoid rushing Milner back simply to satisfy the romance of facing his former club, then it might not be the worst idea.