Nunez was thought to have sustained ‘some muscular difficulties’, although the extent and specification of his injury were not revealed. As such, it is unknown as to how long he will be out of action for.
Speaking to the press, Uruguay head coach Marcelo Bielsa said [via the Metro]: “Darwin arrived with some muscular difficulties and this limited his actions. I thought it necessary to replace him because he worked too much trying to press and attack in the last game.”
Will Darwin Nunez miss Liverpool’s next game?
Currently, it remains to be seen as to whether Nunez will be available by the time Liverpool take on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, September 16 in the Premier League.
It is likely that he could be left out of the squad as a precaution – muscle injuries can be greatly exacerbated if one plays on it before it has sufficiently healed.
While there is no guarantee that Nunez will or will not be available for the game on Saturday, it seems unlikely that he will play the full 90 minutes.
Who could take Nunez’s position in the Liverpool squad?
If Nunez is not available for the match against Wolves on Saturday, they are not without potential replacements. Last season, Cody Gakpo played a number of games in the striker position, despite not being a natural fit for the role.
Diogo Jota can (and has) also play as a striker, but like Gakpo, this is not his preferred role – physically, he can be somewhat diminutive as a centre-forward.
Mohamed Salah may also be considered to play up top – however, he often struggles when played here (even as with a strike partner) as he simply does not have the physicality to contend with the Premier League’s most robust centre-halves.
Therefore, the Reds could be faced with a selection headache if Nunez is not fit to play. The Uruguayan has been one of Liverpool’s most effective attacking player so far this season, scoring two goals and notching up a single assist in four games.