Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss Liverpool’s final two matches of 2019 after sustaining an ankle ligament injury, Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.
The midfielder suffered the issue that forced him from the field during the second half of the Reds’ FIFA Club World Cup final win over Flamengo on Saturday night.
Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be in contention for the fixtures with Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers – and further assessment is required to determine when he can return.
Klopp told his pre-match press conference: “The ankle [is] what we probably expected; you have three ligaments on the outside of the ankle, one of them is damaged.
“Now we have to see how quickly we can fix that. I don’t know exactly. I had that injury myself, but it was years ago and it can take a while or can be quick, we have to see.
“No chance for Thursday and no chance for this year; Oxlade will not play anymore [in 2019] that’s clear.
“Then we have to see how quickly it can settle.”
Elsewhere, Klopp reported no fresh injury concerns ahead of the journey to the King Power Stadium.
He added: “There is no news on anyone else, which is good news. Both [Lovren and Matip] and Fabinho are in a really good way, but of course not ready for these games.”
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