Mané and Clyne deliver double injury setback for Liverpool

Mané and Clyne deliver double injury setback for Liverpool

"So, in this moment all I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming".

Nathaniel Clyne's long-running and somewhat mysterious back injury has taken another turn, with the Liverpool right-back undergoing surgery on Monday, ruling him out until 2018.

Clyne last featured for Liverpool against Tranmere Rovers during pre-season on 12 July, in which he sustained the back injury.

Now, it has emerged that Clyne "underwent minor corrective surgery on his back on Monday and that he will now be unavailable to Klopp until February at the latest".

Earlier this month, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that the Merseyside club that Clyne's situation was "not that good" and needed time.

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It now remains to be seen if Liverpool dip into the market in the January transfer window to get a replacement for Clyne.

Mane, who featured in the Reds' win at West Ham on November 4 after five games out having been injured on global duty, is due back at their Melwood training ground on Tuesday.

Clyne's injury has meant Gomez, who hadn't played regular first-team football in nearly two years, has been first-choice right-back and fourth-choice centre-back in Klopp's depleted defensive options. It is pretty certain he'll not be available for the majority of the Champions League group matches.

Clyne will have to stake a late claim for a place in Gareth Southgate's England squad for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation when he returns to fitness.

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