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Report: Taiwo Awoniyi out for several weeks with a muscle injury

Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi has picked up a muscle injury that could keep him out for several weeks, according to reports.

This comes from the German publication Kicker. They say that the Reds loanee sustained a thigh injury during the 0-0 draw with Schalke earlier this month.

Awoniyi, 23, is currently enjoying a season-long loan in the Bundesliga with Union Berlin. He has scored five goals in 19 German top-flight games this term.

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Big blow for Awoniyi

The injury comes as a huge blow for Awoniyi, who was beginning to attract serious attention from Scotland. According to 90 Min, both Celtic and Rangers are interested in signing the Nigeria-born striker.

It’s easy to see why, too. He’s had his most productive campaign, after all, since signing for Liverpool back in 2015.

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In 20 appearances this season, Awoniyi has managed to make nine direct goal contributions made up of five goals and four assists. He’s netted against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Werder Bremen and Stuttgart respectively.

With his current club-side pushing hard for a top-four finish, Awoniyi’s long-term future has come into question. It’s clear, though, despite interest from afar, Awoniyi remains intent on securing a long-term future at Anfield.

As quoted by World Soccer Magazine [March edition, page 70], Awoniyi said: “Liverpool will always be the priority for me and I am grateful to everyone at the club. I still don’t have the work permit to play in England.

“But with the new rules in place, and the minutes I have played in Germany this season, no one knows what the future will hold regarding the UK work permit

“If I become eligible to play in the UK, I think I can have a say on what my decision will be. Things have changed remarkably with the new rules and this will certainly help me decide my next step.

“Liverpool is a very special club. They are always in contact to see how I am doing and to ensure I know that they are following my progress out here. It motivates me to know my parent club is following up and have my best interests at heart.

“Presently, I am still a Liverpool player until the last day of my contract, but no one knows what the future holds.

“My dream has always been to play in the Premier League and it’s why I signed for Liverpool. I still keep the dream alive but if leaving will facilitate it, why not? At the moment, it is impossible to say what might happen in the future.”

Let’s hope that Awoniyi’s setback isn’t too serious and that he can be back on the field in due course.

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