Medical expert rubbishes Darwin Nunez 'media narrative' as Liverpool injury fears analysed
The media narrative that Liverpool have signed an injury-prone player in Darwin Nunez is nonsense.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Nunez, 22, was announced as a Liverpool player last Tuesday (14 June) after completing a club-record £85million move from Benfica.
The Uruguayan forward nearly quit football when he was 17 after undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, as per the Daily Mail on the day he was unveiled at Anfield.
Nunez has also suffered seven time-loss injuries since January last year.
But Dinnery knocked back claims from some members of the commentariat that Liverpool’s newest superstar is particularly susceptible to injury.
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“For me, this media narrative is a storm in a teacup,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“I’ve heard a lot of rumours and suggestions that Liverpool have picked up an injury-prone player. That’s certainly not the case. There’s nothing to suggest that.
“He had ACL reconstruction back when he was 17. However, I look back at the last three seasons in terms of his rolling average and he has been available for 84 per cent of games. There’s nothing to worry about there.
“He’s playing, he’s scoring, he’s available. If there were any red flags, they certainly haven’t come in that time.”
Nunez netted 34 times in 41 outings for Benfica in 2021-22, taking his total tally with the club to 48 in 85 appearances.
He replaces Liverpool icon Sadio Mane, 30, whose departure for Bayern Munich was confirmed on Wednesday (22 June).