Wednesday 19 June 2019

Liverpool dealt another injury blow as defender Joel Matip ruled out until after Christmas

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group C - Liverpool v Napoli - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 11, 2018 Liverpool's Joel Matip reacts after going down as Dejan Lovren stands over him REUTERS/Jon Super
Soccer Football - Champions League - Group Stage - Group C - Liverpool v Napoli - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - December 11, 2018 Liverpool's Joel Matip reacts after going down as Dejan Lovren stands over him REUTERS/Jon Super

Liverpool defender Joel Matip faces up to six weeks out after suffering a fractured collarbone.

The 27-year-old sustained the injury in the closing moments of Tuesday night's 1-0 Champions League victory over Napoli and will now undergo surgery.

Matip had started the Reds' last three matches but now faces a spell on the sidelines.

Matip landed awkwardly following an aerial challenge as Liverpool secured a place in the last 16.

An update from the Reds said: "Matip was taken to hospital following the fixture and further assessment deemed an operation is required.

"Early indications suggest the centre-back is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though that is dependent on how Matip responses to his treatment and rehabilitation programmes."

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