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Friday 30 September 2016

Blow for Liverpool as new 'keeper Loris Karius faces two months out with broken hand

Tom Rooney

Published 29/07/2016 | 20:39

Loris Karius joined Liverpool from Mainz for around £5m CREDIT: DAVE THOMPSON/GETTY IMAGES
Loris Karius joined Liverpool from Mainz for around £5m CREDIT: DAVE THOMPSON/GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool’s new German goalkeeper Loris Karius will miss a significant portion of the new season after breaking his hand during Wednesday’s bruising friendly against Chelsea in Pasadena.

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Karius sustained the injury in the second half of the Reds’ 1-0 loss to Chelsea in the International Champions Cup, when accidentally punching teammate Dejan Lovren while trying to retrieve a cross.

The stopper played on but was eventually sent for an x-ray, which confirmed the fracture. The break will almost certainly require surgery.

Karius, who arrived at Anfield from FC Mainz earlier this month, is expected to be side-lined for eight to10 weeks, and is said to be flying back to England this evening to receive treatment.

In his absence, Simon Mignolet should retain the number one berth for the opening Premier League game of the season against Arsenal on August 14.

The Reds recently added veteran stopper Alex Manniger to the ranks so they will not be lacking for cover.

Liverpool meet AC Milan in the International Champions Cup on Sunday.

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