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Report: Positive injury update for Roberto Firmino back; return on course

A new injury update is good news for Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian is on course for his return after a hamstring issue.

This comes from the Athletic. They offer a positive injury update on Roberto Firmino as he works his way back from a problem. The Brazilian left the pitch against Chelsea in the first half with a hamstring issue.

That issue will still keep him out of Liverpool’s trip to Elland Road on Sunday, unfortunately. It may even rule Firmino out of the AC Milan game next week.

But the 29-year-old is back in light training. He’s jogging and improving, meaning he’s on course for a return after the Milan fixture.

Was there a worry?

Yes, unfortunately. Liverpool have a habit of saying an injury isn’t that bad and then we don’t see the player again for some time. Jordan Henderson was perhaps the best example of that last season.

The player required surgery last February and Liverpool released an update that ruled him out ‘initially until the March international break’. He didn’t play again for the rest of the season, however.

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With Joe Gomez, too, the club said he might play again last season after his surgery. He didn’t, of course, and is yet to even play this season.

So there was a worry that Firmino’s injury might end up being worse than initially claimed. That’s just the way things are these days.

So what now?

Jurgen Klopp essentially has to decide whether Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota could play against both Leeds United and Milan. There’s a reasonable chance they could, though all three would be left tired.

If Firmino truly is back to play against Crystal Palace, however, fatigue becomes less of an issue. It might be enough for Klopp to go all out with his best available players.

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