Written by Albert Echatah
Trent Alexander-Arnold hopes to be in shape for Sunday’s Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham.
The defender won’t play for the Reds against LASK on Thursday night in their opening Europa League game, though. Since suffering a hamstring injury during the 3-0 victory over Aston Villa earlier in September, Alexander-Arnold has been sidelined.
He was forced to withdraw from the England team due to an injury, and Joe Gomez started in his place at right-back in Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Wolves last Saturday.
The 24-year-old was not included in Jurgen Klopp’s 23-man squad for the match at the Raiffeisen Arena, and Thiago Alcantara was also left out as he continues to recuperate from a groin problem. As a result, he was unable to make the journey to Austria. Virgil van Dijk, however, has returned after serving a two-game suspension.
Prior to the Wolves win, Klopp said of Alexander-Arnold’s fitness: ‘It is not the worst hamstring injury but they barely heal in two weeks; this one didn’t . He is running already, we hope he can start ball work soon. We’ll see.’
Although it is unlikely he will start, it is reported that the club is confident Alexander-Arnold can play a role despite their desire to avoid endangering his fitness.
Ivan Perisic of Tottenham has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury less than a week before Sunday’s North London Derby against Arsenal.
The versatile Croatian has appeared as a substitute in each of Spurs’ five Premier League games so far this season and contributed an assist in the team’s thrilling 2-1 victory against Sheffield United the previous time out.
‘We can confirm that Ivan Perisic has suffered a complex Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury in his right knee,’ Tottenham posted on Twitter.
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