Wednesday 11 December 2019

Liverpool sweat over Fabinho

Liverpool's Fabinho receives medical treatment during the match against Napoli. Photo: Getty
Liverpool's Fabinho receives medical treatment during the match against Napoli. Photo: Getty

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool are unsure for how long they will be without Fabinho after the midfielder injured an ankle in the Champions League group draw with Napoli on Wednesday.

Fabinho, who was already ruled out of the game at home to Brighton tomorrow, due to a one-match ban, was substituted 19 minutes into the game against Napoli and left Anfield wearing a protective boot.

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The club's medical staff opted to wait for the swelling to go down before proceeding with a scan, but an update is expected today.

A month's absence could equate to around 10 games across all competitions, so Liverpool's depth could now be stretched, especially as two squads will be required when they travel to play in Qatar in the Club World Cup and the League Cup on December 17 and 18.

"It's part of football - we have to deal with it, play these games if we want to be successful. Without the games you cannot win the trophies," said forward Sadio Mane.

The BBC announced yesterday it would be screening live all of the Liverpool games from Qatar.

The corporation has secured the rights to the competition, which begins on December 11.

Liverpool have a bye to the semi-finals, along with South American champions Flamengo, from Brazil.

Both teams are overwhelming favourites to contest the December 21 final.

The BBC broadcast the last Club World Cup final involving an English side, Chelsea's 2012 defeat by Corinthians.

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