Liverpool have been handed a major injury concern ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby and next week’s crucial Champions League quarter-final second-leg against Manchester City.
The Mirror states German international Emre Can’s back injury is much worse than initially feared, leaving Can out for the remainder of the season and potentially missing this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
24-year-old Can is poised to leave Liverpool upon the end of his contract in just a few months and his injury setback means he may have represented the Reds for the last time, having already missed the first-leg victory against the Citizens.
Jurgen Klopp stated before that game that his compatriot was ‘very close’ to a return but a relapse in his recovery has handed the Reds a massive blow, especially as the plan was for Can to feature at Goodison Park this weekend.
With Jordan Henderson suspended for the second-leg against Manchester City, the German was also in-line to feature in the Champions League clash next Tuesday.