With Liverpool out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup and with just five games for them to play in February, the club are about to go from one extreme to another and from too many games to too few. At least for some of their youth and fringe players, who are about to find their opportunities at first team football curtailed.
As a result, there had been talk of sending a few of those youngsters out on loan, and one of the brightest names had drawn serious interest from Leeds United, who wanted 19-year-old midfielder Ovie Ejaria. However, their hopes for a deal were quickly derailed with news of the player’s severe high ankle sprain.
Ejaria picked up a knock against Wolves, the game that knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup, but it wasn’t until 24 hours later that scans revealed he had done serious damage to the ligaments above his ankle—a ruptured syndesmosis, to use the medical term—and would likely miss at least four to six weeks.
That news, in turn, ended any talk of Ejaria heading out on loan, something that would have been useful for the youngster’s development.