Liverpool fans fume as big money signing faces fitness race for Man United clash after international break injury
Liverpool could be without Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum for next Monday's mammoth match with Manchester United after the ex-Newcastle player limped off during his country's 1-0 loss to France last night.
Midway through the second half, Wijnaldum - who was signed for €25m by Liverpool last summer - fell to the turf clutching his hamstring, after which he had to be replaced.
The extent of the injury isn't yet known, but it is thought that Liverpool could well be without him when Jose Mourinho's men visit Anfield for a clash under lights on Monday Night Football next week.
Wijnaldum, who has yet to score for his new club - albeit while playing in a midfield two rather than in his usual advanced role - will likely be replaced by the returning Emre Can should his injury keep him out of the game.
Liverpool are currently in fourth in the Premier League table but are just two points off Man City, who are top.
Reds supporters weren't happy at the prospect of having to face Man United without one of their key midfielders, and expressed their annoyance at the international break on social media.
I knew it was impossible for 0 #LFC players to get injured during an international break. Wijnaldum has pulled his hamstring.— Thomas Dyer (@DyerThomas) October 10, 2016
Lallana and Wijnaldum will be missing game against Man United due to injury. I hate International break so much.— Shehzaan (@Shehzaan8) October 11, 2016
Wijnaldum has just gone off with a hamstring injury, got to love the international break........— Riggers (@UniqueRiggers) October 10, 2016
Lallana and Wijnaldum out injured... I hate the international break man #LFC— Your Cousin Vinnie (@YourCousnVinnie) October 11, 2016
Another international break, another Liverpool injury. Wijnaldum is going to be a huge loss against United.— Addison Hocter (@dr_hocter) October 11, 2016