Liverpool defender Lovren avoids major knee injury but could be out for 2-3 weeks.
The 26-year-old Croatian was injured by a heavy tackle from Craig Gardner in the 2-2 draw against West Brom, and the way he was stretchered off it looked like a very serious one.
Lovren eventually left Anfield on crutches, which gave rise to further speculations of a possible cruciate ligament injury; but according to a report from hns-cff his injury is not as serious as suggested before.
Reports also suggest, Croatia’s official team doctor, Dr. Nemec, have contacted Liverpool’s medical department to inform that there is “no structural damage” to the former Southampton defender’s knee, and that he will be ready to train again after 2-3 weeks.
The former Southampton defender will certainly miss league fixtures against Watford and Leicester but he could return to play against Sunderland on December 30.
The news will surely come as a huge boost to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as lack of options at centre-back position is evident.
Mamadou Sakho finally returned to training last week and Klopp will be hoping the Frenchman is fit enough to play Sunday’s league clash at Watford.
Prior to the latest injury, Lovren had been enjoying his best time with Liverpool, so avoiding a long-term setback is certainly good news for him.
After going through such a frustrating first year or so on Merseyside, it seems now Lovren is emulating the likes of Lucas Leiva and Jordan Henderson and gradually winning hearts of the supporters.
Liverpool right now need to strengthen their defence line and Jurgen Klopp is already planning to raid his former club Borrusia Dortmund for suitable reinforcements. Mats Hummels was initially linked because he always has been a great admirer of the current Liverpool manager; so he may be an obvious target in January. The German has an eye on another Dortmund defender Neven Subotic.