Update on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's knee injury

After a serious knee injury ruled Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain out of playing in the Champions League final, he had surgery and is now on the road to recovery. 

Rousing the Kop was told in May that Chamberlain’s knee injury could keep him out of action for up to nine months and the Englishman is now well on the way to a full recovery.

The medical insider that spoke to us said: “Alex has had his anterior cruciate ligament repaired along with having a couple of other injuries so he’ll take around 9 months to rehab. Early on he’ll be restricted to bed-based strengthening and light bike work.

“He’ll then have a progressive strengthening programme to help maximise support of the knee and to minimise future re-injury. He’ll need to be objectively tested at regular periods to ensure he can progress safely to pitch-based functional rehab and eventually back to training at approximately 8-9 months post-injury.”

Speaking to the England FA’s YouTube channel, Chamberlain said: “Yeah it’s alright.

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“Saw the surgeon just now. He’s happy with everything so we’re moving in the right direction.

“It’s just going to be a long process, a boring one but that’s life.”

The Liverpool midfielder also posted a photo of him working in the gym as he now looks to strengthen his knee to be strong enough to return to rigorous use while playing and to avoid future injury.

Liverpool’s pre-season programme starts on Monday the 2nd of July and while Chamberlain won’t be doing ball work or hard running for some time still, new arrivals Fabinho and Naby Keïta will train at Melwood for the first time.

The midfield duo could start their first games for the club on the 7th of July when the Reds take on Chester in a pre-season friendly.

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