Liverpool to give Rhian Brewster time to overcome ankle injury
The teenager is expected to discover whether he needs surgery before the end of the week.
Liverpool will not rush back Rhian Brewster as the England Under-17 World Cup-winning striker faces up to the prospect of a premature end to his season.
The 17-year-old injured ankle ligaments almost a fortnight ago playing in the Reds Under-23 side’s defeat to Manchester City.
Although manager Neil Critchley is reluctant to rule out the striker for the rest of the campaign he admits there will be little time for him to return to action and the focus will be on his long-term fitness.
“He’s seeing another specialist again and I’m expecting news on that in the next 24 hours,” said the under-23 boss.
“He’s going to be out for a significant period of time whatever happens. We’re just waiting on the specialist to say, ‘Yeah, we think it’s better to have surgery’ or ‘no he doesn’t (need it)’.
“I wouldn’t want to say it’s ‘season over’, but you’re talking at least two months so there’s the end of March.
“We finish at the end of April, early May so it’s not going to give him any real time.
“I don’t think we should rush him back either. What’s more important now for Rhian is we do the right thing by him and he comes back in a fit, stable condition and hopefully stronger than when he was playing for us.
“That’s one benefit of younger players sometimes being injured. They actually get time to develop their body away from training every day.
“They can concentrate on gym programmes, etc, so they can come back stronger and fitter. That’s what we’re going to concentrate on with Rhian in the next few months.
“He had a real rollercoaster of a 2017, 2018 hasn’t started brilliantly for him, but we’re only a few weeks into it.”
Brewster won the golden boot at last summer’s World Cup in India but he has yet to make his first-team debut, having been an unused substitute for the Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Anfield last season.