Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne facing up to three months out after back surgery

Carla Harmon
November 14, 2017

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne underwent surgery on his back this week which could see him kept out of action for up to three months.

The England worldwide has not featured all season because of the issue and faces a further lay-off after he had an operation on Monday, Press Association Sport understands.

"He was in a good way and then had a little setback".

Robertson further says that he's talked to Klopp about the situation and his lack of playing time, and that he believes he's still part of the Liverpool manager's long-term plans. That's how back problems are.

Details of Clyne's injury did not emerge until he was omitted from the Reds' Champions League squad in late August - a move that meant Liverpool were relying on Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold for half of the season, with the two youngsters both being inexperienced as the season began. Alexander-Arnold has also shown glimpses of his potential, scoring twice in the UEFA Champions League for the team already this season. Should he return as anticipated in February, he'll be a big boost to Klopp's squad.

It is the second injury setback for the Reds boss in 24 hours after Sadio Mane returned to Merseyside early after complaining of more hamstring trouble.

Speaking about Clyne's progress ahead of Liverpool's 4-1 win away at West Ham, Klopp revealed the defender had been struggling.

"In his case because it was a little sign again from the back, we took him out and it's a few steps back again". We have to make him 100 percent ready.

Monday saw a return to training for all the players not still away on global duty.

The England worldwide is, however, pencilled in to play some part in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Melwood on Tuesday.

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