Liverpool have found out the extent of Fabinho’s injury, with the Brazilian set to miss at least the next three games for the Reds.
He underwent scans on his hamstring on Wednesday, with the Reds now finding out the duration of his absence.
Fabinho suffered nothing more than a grade two tear, avoiding the need for a long rehabilitation program that could have seen him out of action for up to six months.
Instead, he could be back on the pitch “straight after the upcoming international break,” according to the Mirror‘s David Maddock.
Fabinho’s absence is far from ideal, but it’s good news in the sense that there isn’t any long-lasting damage, which could have seen him miss a large part of the season.
Should the 27-year-old recover in time, he could make his return against Leicester City at Anfield on 21 November. However, a return against Atalanta (25 Nov) or Brighton (28 Nov) is perhaps a more likely scenario.
Liverpool’s next six fixtures
• West Ham (H) – 31 Oct, 5.30pm
• Atalanta (A) – 3 Nov, 8pm
• Man City (A) – 8 Nov, 4.30pm
• Leicester (H) – 21 Nov, 3pm
• Atalanta (H) – 25 Nov, 8pm
• Brighton (A) – 28 Nov, 12.30pm
Fabinho will miss Brazil’s upcoming clashes against Venezuela and Uruguay next month, presumably staying at Melwood in order to recuperate.
It remains to be seen how Klopp approaches the situation, with suggestions that he could move to a three-man defence with the likes of Jordan Henderson or Gini Wijnaldum in unconventional centre-back roles, as he previously has done.