While Liverpool find themselves in the Dubai taking advantage of an unexpected but much appreciated mini-break, there have been a series of positive updates regarding rehabilitation of the Reds’ various injured players.
One player who hasn’t gotten the good news we were all hoping for is Joe Gomez. The defender has been missing since fracturing his leg on December 5th. There was a hope that the young English international, who is unfortunately injured-prone but who has impressed so much this season, would be available by mid-February.
That assessment appears to be a bit too generous, according to manager Jürgen Klopp.
“We have to wait,” he admitted. Obviously it was really unlucky in that situation. The injury is not like Trent or Gini where you know ‘that’s the only thing’. It could have been like that, but then more and more we found out it’s a more serious thing.
“We have to wait, for sure, a couple of weeks. We will see, it is difficult to judge in the moment.
“We thought three weeks ago he would be closer and then we had to make another diagnosis in which we saw that it didn’t work out so far as we wanted, that’s why he is still not in training or running on the pitch.”
So it would seem that we’ll have to wait until at least March for another appearance from the centre-back. In the mean time, there’s better news on the horizon for Dejan Lovren who should be available soon to carry the mantle alongside Virgil van Dijk as the team get into the crucial latter-stages of the season.