By Emma Sanders
Adam Bogdan has suffered a serious knee injury and has been forced to cut his loan spell at Wigan short, according to a report.
The Liverpool Echo claim the goalkeeper has returned to Liverpool after sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury during Wigan’s 0-0 draw against Barnsley on Saturday.
The 29-year-old made 17 appearances for the Latics before being forced to return to Merseyside where he will undergo treatment following a scan which revealed the extent of his injury.
The Echo report that Liverpool expect the keeper to be out of action for up to nine months and is unlikely to feature again this season.
The Hungarian international vowed to “return stronger” in an Instagram post he shared shortly after receiving news of his devastating injury.
Bogdan has made just six appearances for Liverpool after he joined from Bolton in 2015 to become understudy to Simon Mignolet. His last game for the Reds came during their 1-1 draw against West Brom last season.
He is not expected to have a future at the club given Loris Karius’ arrival in the summer and on-loan Huddersfield keeper Danny Ward’s growing pedigree.
His loan spell at Wigan was a promising one and it looked likely he would turn to a future in the Championship following his inevitable departure from Liverpool.
The keeper is the third senior player in the squad to suffer the serious injury in recent seasons, after Danny Ings and Joe Gomez also suffered from ACL damage.
Football Insider verdict:
Bogdan’s injury is a hammer blow to the player and also to his parent club Liverpool even though he is widely considered to have flopped since Brendan Rodgers signed him in 2015. Bogdan was never going to challenge for the number one spot at Anfield once Klopp had got his feet under the table after some horrific displays when he was called into the first team. The goalkeeper’s loan move to Wigan firmly indicated that he had slipped to the bottom of Klopp’s goalkeeper pecking order. However, his injury will likely lower his market value, which is a heavy financial blow for Liverpool, and he may struggle to get in the starting line-up for a Championship club when he returns to fitness.
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