Huge Liverpool fitness boost as 26-year-old declares himself fit ahead of Everton clash
By Will Butcher
Georginio Wijnaldum has overcome a fitness scare ahead of Liverpool’s Merseyside derby showdown against Everton.
The 26-year-old suffered a blow to his head during national team training with Holland ahead of their international break fixtures against Bulgaria and Italy this month.
Box-to-box midfielder Wijnaldum then suffered spells of nausea immediately after suffering the scare, but the Liverpool Echo quoted Wijnaldum as saying he will be fit to face Bulgaria.
“When I got up I felt sick and I felt that I had to throw up,” Wijnaldum said.
“The doctor took me straight from the pitch. Fortunately, it’s a bit better. The nausea went away quickly so there is no problem for Saturday.”
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There had been fears that the knock would keep Wijnaldum sidelined for the Merseyside derby on April 1, following the international break.
But the former Newcastle playmaker is okay to play against Bulgaria in two days’ time in Group A of the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase, before facing Italy in a friendly on April 28.
Wijnaldum has become a regular under manager Jurgen Klopp after a sticky start at Anfield following his £25million move from relegated Newcastle.
The former PSV Eindhoven ace has now scored three goals in his last six outings, finding the back of the net against Chelsea, Arsenal and Burnley and is expected to start against Everton.
Three points for Klopp’s side at Anfield against bitter rivals Everton would see Liverpool consolidate their place in the Premier League’s top four.
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