Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is set to miss the remainder of Liverpool’s pre-season preparations following a knee injury sustained in Austria.
Liverpool are currently six days into a pre-season tour of Salzburg with the club’s first competitive fixture of the season against Arsenal at Wembley just a week away.
Oxlade-Chamberlain, 27, picked up the injury following a challenge in Austria and has since returned to Melwood to begin rehabilitation with the club’s medical staff.
The England international – who joined the club in 2017 for a fee of £40m [Guardian] – will link-up with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Wilson who both missed Liverpool’s pre-season tour with their own respective injury issues.
“Really unfortunate. An unfortunate situation as well”, said Klopp per Liverpool’s official website.
“It looks like it is very similar to what Hendo had, which keeps him out for we don’t know for sure exactly how long, but for sure this pre-season he will not make a game, Arsenal for sure not and then we will see. The next game is probably two weeks later, but I don’t know.
“We have to wait but it is far away from being perfect, of course. It is really hard for him and hard for us, but it is not to change.”
Henderson and Matip boost
There was some good news from Klopp regarding the physical condition of Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip after Klopp confirmed both players could be available for Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season against Leeds United on September 12.
Both players are said to making significant strides in their recovery and could be back sooner rather than later.
The pair flew out to Austria with the rest of the first-team squad but were not permitted to train with the rest of the team after both Henderson and Matip were given strict rehabilitation plans.
Club-captain Henderson has been nursing a knee problem since Liverpool’s 3-1 victory at the Amex last month while Matip has been out of action since the first fixture after Project Restart against Everton back in June following a foot problem.
Klopp added that both Henderson and Matip will be back in the “early stages of the new season”.
“[It’s] good. Both are very positive, both are more or less pain-free now. Now they have to adapt just to the intensity and they do that with the fitness coaches and not with us.
“In the moment when they give us the green light then they are back in team training.
“How I said, we should not rush it in the moment. I would love to have both in the squad obviously but in the moment it’s not possible.
“So they will be back in the early stages of the new season. Hopefully for the first match already.”
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