Liverpool blow as first team player faces lengthy spell on sidelines
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Kevin Stewart is set to become the latest Liverpool player to face an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that the midfielder, who made his Premier League debut in Sunday’s 6-0 rout of Aston Villa, is anxiously awaiting the results of a scan after limping out of training on Monday.
Stewart will not be in the travelling party that heads to Germany on Wednesday ahead of the Europa League last-32 clash clash with Augsburg on Thursday night.
“We lost Kevin Stewart in training,” Klopp said on Tuesday. “He blocked a shot and his ankle was not stable.
“It was a bit bruised so we have sent him for a scan. We think it’s the ligament. He trained outstandingly and then this happened. That’s not too good.”
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It’s an agonising setback for the former Tottenham trainee who has made a big impression since Klopp handed him a first-team bow about Exeter in the FA Cup last month.
Adam Lallana will also miss the game with Augsburg due to an ongoing calf problem but Lucas Leiva is available after overcoming the minor hamstring problem that ruled him out of the Villa Park trip.
“Lucas is back fit but not Adam. He has no chance for Thursday’s game,” explained Klopp.
Daniel Sturridge has suffered no reaction to his two matches last week and is expected to be in the squad that travels to Germany.