Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ankle injury is not as bad as first feared. The attacking midfielder rolled his ankle in the second half of the Reds’ win over Flamengo in the Club World Cup final.
The 26-year-old was on crutches for the trophy ceremony, and when asked about the issue following the extra-time win yesterday, Klopp said he is hoping that the ankle ligaments have not been damaged:
“He feels OK. We will see. Of course, not perfect – far away from being perfect – but we will see if it’s a ligament stretch only or is ruptured, partly ruptured or whatever, we have to see. That’s a big shadow again but that’s how it is in contact sport. He seems to be OK.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain could be out for the same length of time as Fabinho if scans do show an issue, but supporters on Twitter are keeping their fingers crossed that he has been lucky this time:
Oh No. Not again.
— 100%Poor/Ugly (@1980khehla) December 22, 2019
Take it easy Chambo recover and come back fighting
get well soon!
— Steven (@Steven86728668) December 21, 2019
Hope not serious ox 🤞
— simon garton (@simon33510029) December 22, 2019
So glad he manage to walk a bit , hope not Ankle Ligaments tear
— Red Dynasty (@YNWA_Sgp) December 22, 2019
Get well soon💪🏼❤
— Itxíar (@itxiper) December 21, 2019
I hope it’s not serious, the lad just back from previous injury.
— Wahyu Nur Setiaji (@Setiaj13) December 22, 2019
Hope it’s not too serious, he deserves a bit of luck 😕
— LFC (@xMCRx13) December 21, 2019
Come back stronger OX! We’re here for you.
— Mats (@MatsLFC) December 21, 2019
— Pätrick Pätterson (@ColoniaBone) December 21, 2019
Oxlade-Chamberlain will, no doubt, be frustrated after having recently recovered from a serious ACL injury, but this problem shouldn’t keep him out for such a long period of time.
The England international had been establishing himself as a regular in the side once again after making consecutive starts in Qatar but this will be a setback for him.