Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan on Andy Robertson’s shoulder after he dislocated it whilst on international duty with Scotland last week, and could potentially need surgery, according to The Times.
The Reds return to action this weekend in the Merseyside Derby where they will host Everton at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp will surely be frustrated that one of his most integral assets in the defensive set-up will likely not be available for selection over the coming months ahead.
Indeed, the Liverpool boss will have the opportunity to lean on Greek left-back Kostas Tsimikas to replace Robertson during his recovery, however, from a long-term perspective, the drop in quality on the left flank will likely be felt in the Scotland captain’s absence.
Robertson returned to Merseyside the day after he sustained his injury during the friendly against Spain in Seville and underwent a number of medical tests to determine the timeframe in which he would need to recover, however, it is now being reported that the 29-year-old could need surgery.
The Times’ correspondent Paul Joyce has claimed that there are growing fears amid the Liverpool camp that Robertson will need to undergo surgery to repair the damage caused by his dislocated shoulder.
It is revealed that should the full-back undergo surgery it is likely he will be in recovery between 12 and 16 weeks due to the nature of his injury, which would be a massive blow for Klopp and the Liverpool squad as they attempt to compete across all competitions over the next few months.
Our thoughts on Andy Robertson’s injury woes…
There is no doubt that the absence of Robertson will be deeply felt on the pitch, as he has always been a consistent and reliable future during his lengthy tenure with Liverpool so far and has rarely picked up injuries that have warranted long-term spells on the sideline.
The Scotsman has been an integral and influential part of the success the Merseyside giants have experienced over the last seven years, playing a key role in winning the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and UEFA Super Cup, so he will be a big loss to the Reds mid-season depending on how long it takes for him to recover.
Having said that, Tsimikas should, by now, have the experience to pick up a shift on the left flank as he has been Robertson’s understudy since arriving at the club back in 2020 and has been trusted by Klopp on many occasions in the past and this season too.
With that being said, everybody associated with the club will be hoping for good news and a speedy recovery for Robertson over the coming weeks, and will also be hoping that Tsimikas can grab the chance to prove himself in the first team role by putting in some good performances over the upcoming fixtures ahead.