Injured Coutinho
Injured Coutinho

Liverpool could be without Philippe Coutinho until the New Year amid fears the Brazilian suffered ankle ligament damage against Sunderland on Saturday.

Coutinho will undergo a scan today to establish the full extent of the injury, sustained in a challenge with Didier Ndong during the first half of the Reds’ 2-0 win at Anfield.

And while it is unlikely that the scan will reveal a fracture, the fear is that the 24-year-old has damaged ligaments and is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

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Coutinho was at Liverpool’s training complex Melwood yesterday on crutches, wearing a protective boot.
His injury comes at a bad time for boss Jurgen Klopp, with six Premier League fixtures to come in December, including a Merseyside derby and a New Year’s Eve clash with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Anfield. Coutinho is a doubt for all.

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There was better news for Klopp with regards to Roberto Firmino, who suffered a kick to the calf against Sunderland, with the problem not thought to be serious.

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Striker Daniel Sturridge is still not fit enough to resume training with his own calf issue, and is unlikely to be considered for tomorrow’s home EFL Cup quarter-final with Championship outfit Leeds United.

England midfielder Adam Lallana is also expected to miss that game, but is making good progress after a groin problem.

Mirror, UK