Liverpool FC injury latest: Expected returns for Konate, Robertson & more

Liverpool FC injury latest: Expected returns for Konate, Robertson & more

Liverpool currently have eight first-team players sidelined through injury, with long-term absentee Ibrahima Konate among those expected back to earliest.

The Reds have found injuries a persistent issue throughout the campaign so far, which has undoubtedly contributed to their hit-and-miss form on the pitch.

A 2-1 win over Ajax last time out served as a boost to morale, however, and a 17-day gap in fixtures has allowed a number of players valuable time to rest and recover.

That includes those on the treatment table, of which there are eight.

Here is the latest on Liverpool’s injury situation, including expected return dates for the likes of Konate, Andy Robertson and Curtis Jones.

 

Caoimhin Kelleher

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 9, 2021: Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, August 9, 2021: Liverpool's goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Club Atlético Osasuna at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Groin
Out since: July 4
Expected return: Early October


The latest we have heard on Kelleher’s groin injury – detected on day one of pre-season and the subject of division between Jurgen Klopp and the Republic of Ireland setup – is that he is “back very soon.”

Kelleher missed the latest Ireland squad but has already been pictured heading out for sessions at the AXA Training Centre, so he can be considered available imminently.

 

Ibrahima Konate

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 31, 2022: Liverpool's Ibrahima Konaté during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield. Strasbourg won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 31, 2022: Liverpool's Ibrahima Konaté during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and RC Strasbourg Alsace at Anfield. Strasbourg won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Knee
Out since: July 31
Expected return: Back vs. Brighton


Absent since the final friendly of pre-season, Konate has undergone his rehabilitation both on Merseyside and in his native France, but he is now back in training.

The 23-year-old could even be part of the matchday squad for the visit of Brighton on October 1.

 

Andy Robertson

SINGAPORE - Friday, July 15, 2022: Liverpool's Andy Robertson waves to supporters after the Standard Chartered Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the Singapore National Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SINGAPORE - Friday, July 15, 2022: Liverpool's Andy Robertson waves to supporters after the Standard Chartered Trophy pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at the Singapore National Stadium. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Knee
Out since: September 7
Expected return: Early October


One of Liverpool’s most-used players this season, Robertson picked up a knee issue in the 4-1 defeat to Napoli and was pictured in a brace soon after.

He was subsequently left out of the Scotland squad to play Ukraine and the Republic of Ireland, but Klopp expects him back “after the international break.”

The timeframe for Robertson’s recovery is still loose, though, with Kostas Tsimikas set to start against Brighton.

 

Calvin Ramsay

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Liverpool's Calvin Ramsay on the bench during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Liverpool's Calvin Ramsay on the bench during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Back
Out since: July 4
Expected return: October


Ramsay has also been out since the start of pre-season with various issues, most notably his back, but Klopp explained last month that he is “closer and closer” to joining first-team training.

The Scottish right-back is already working outside, so involvement at some point in October can be expected.

 

Naby Keita

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's Naby Keita during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's Naby Keita during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Thigh
Out since: August 21
Expected return: November


Nursing a thigh injury picked up in the final days of the transfer window – amid ongoing speculation over a move back to Germany – Keita has now missed over a month of action.

Called up by Guinea only to not join up with the squad, the midfielder is not likely to be back until November – which could well mean he is not back in action before the World Cup.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 13, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 2 game between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 13, 2022: Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 2 game between Liverpool FC and AFC Ajax at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Hamstring
Out since: July 15
Expected return: November


Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the same situation as Keita, with Klopp saying this month that the No. 15 could be involved “somewhere in October” at the earliest.

It would be no surprise if Oxlade-Chamberlain plays no football between now and the World Cup.

 

Curtis Jones

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during a pre-season friendly between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA - Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Liverpool's Curtis Jones during a pre-season friendly between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Calf
Out since: Early September
Expected return: Early October


Having yet to play for Liverpool since the Community Shield in July, Jones will be hoping to have turned the corner on his calf issues.

Out with a stress reaction, the 21-year-old recently took to Instagram to reveal he is “back soon,” which could even see him rejoin the squad against Brighton.

 

Kaide Gordon

SAALFELDEN, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, July 26, 2022: Liverpool's Kaide Gordon arrives before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SAALFELDEN, AUSTRIA - Tuesday, July 26, 2022: Liverpool's Kaide Gordon arrives before a training session at during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Injury: Pelvis
Out since: February
Expected return: Unknown


The hope is that Gordon is nearing a return to light training, having missed much of the last seven months with various injuries, the latest being a pelvic problem.

Recently, LFCTV commentator Steve Hunter explained that the club were being “careful” with the fitness of their No. 49, though the player himself will be eyeing a comeback before the League Cup clash with former club Derby.

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