Curtis Jones could be back fit for Liverpool before they take on Brighton next weekend.
That’s according to journalist David Lynch. Writing for The National, Lynch claimed that Liverpool hope Jones’ issue will ‘settle’ before they return to action on 1st October.
According to Lynch, Jones’ problem is a ‘tibial stress issue’ which amounts to something akin to shin splints. The 21-year-old hasn’t played since July’s Community Shield win over Manchester City.
He did briefly return to the bench for Liverpool’s win over Newcastle United at the end of August. But having suffered a set-back, he hasn’t been seen since.
Lynch also reports that Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ‘shouldn’t be too far behind’ Jones in returning. Both are reportedly pencilled in to be back during October.
Frustration almost over for Jones
This is finally a bit of good news for Jones on the injury front. The Scouser has had an immensely frustrating time of it this season.
It’s a big season for him, too. Having struggled to find rhythm last year, he can’t afford to have another campaign drift by the wayside.
As Jurgen Klopp told liverpoolfc.com last season, Jones can be ‘incredible’ on his day. At the moment, we’re not being able to see that, though.
Any further injury issues and the academy graduate is in danger of being written off. Liverpool already have a number of players who are prone to missing large chunks of the season. If Jones’ name were to be added to that list, he may have to be replaced in the squad.
That doesn’t necessarily mean moving him on. But if Klopp can’t rely on him, it could mean someone is brought in to cover his absences.
As one of very few local players in the squad, that would be a real shame. Jones may not have the necessary tools to be a regular starter for Liverpool, but he can certainly have a good career as a squad player at his boyhood club.
Of course, he and Klopp will still retain hope that he can be much more than that. If Jones is to stand a chance of having a shot though, he needs to stay fit. Fingers crossed that his season is now about to start properly.