Nathaniel Clyne is ready to play for Liverpool again if the Premier League returns, according to reports. The full-back hasn’t played at all this season.
Goal claims that Clyne is ready to train again after his anterior cruciate ligament injury last summer. The full-back picked up the injury last July while on a pre-season tour with Liverpool.
He hasn’t played at all since and surely expected to never play for Liverpool again. Instead, he may get a final few chances – should the league return.
Clyne has barely played for Liverpool since the end of the 16/17 season. A back injury sustained in the summer fo 2017 ruled him out until March 2018 and he didn’t actually play for another month after that.
His absence opened the door for Trent Alexander-Arnold and essentially ended his first-choice role at Liverpool. The Scouser’s explosion onto the scene left little room for Clyne when he did finally return and that saw him loaned to Bournemouth last year.
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While he may have held onto a squad role for this campaign, the cruciate injury ended any chance of that. But it may not be too late for him to get some final games.
There are still nine games left, after all, and if Clyne is fit, he may well play.
Player fitness will be a worry for everyone should the Premier League return and Clyne would offer a chance to rest Alexander-Arnold. It was likely the plan for him this season anyway, of course, and thanks to bizarre events, he may get to fulfil it.