Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘have to see’ how long Darwin Nunez is injured for, after suffering a setback from his shoulder injury.
Darwin looked touch-and-go to feature against Real Madrid on Tuesday. Having been taken off injured last weekend, it appeared as though he might be set for a spell out.
Thankfully, the Uruguayan was fit enough to play – and score – against Madrid. However, the game seems to have taken a toll on Nunez, as he wasn’t fit enough to make the squad for last night’s draw with Crystal Palace.
Asked about his striker following the stalemate on Saturday evening, Klopp gave a disappointing update.
“Darwin against Newcastle when he fouled Trippier… yeah, his shoulder,” the manager said via liverpoolfc.com. “Then it was OK with an injection against Madrid because there’s no structural damage, it’s very painful, but the day after the Madrid game he got another knock there and after the game he couldn’t move the arm at all. So, we have to see how long that will take but that was the reason for him and Joe Gomez had a muscle [injury].”
Darwin hit with another untimely setback
There have been several reasons behind Nunez struggling to fully get going in a Liverpool shirt so far. Some of that has been down to the player himself. As good as he’s been at times, he’s missed a lot of chances and performed slightly erratically.
But it must also be said that Darwin’s plight hasn’t been helped by a number of occasional, niggly injuries.
The Uruguay international hasn’t missed too much time out, there haven’t been any particularly lengthy absences. He has missed the odd two or three games though, and just always as he seems to be hitting his stride, too.
The latest comes when he’s now arguably Liverpool’s most important attacking player. Goals in back-to-back games had given him a good platform to build on going into a crucial part of the season.
But unfortunately, the universe had other plans for Darwin.
Liverpool supporters will have feared the worst when their No.27 wasn’t named in the squad to face Palace yesterday. Without his energy and pace, the Reds have often looked toothless going forward. So it proved once again, Liverpool labouring to a 0-0 draw.
However long Nunez is out for, the Reds will surely miss him. From Klopp’s update, it seems fairly certain he won’t be back for Wednesday’s game with Wolves. Let’s just hope he returns in time to face Manchester United next Sunday.