Injury expert makes 'superhuman' Milner claim as Liverpool return date confirmed
James Milner is “almost superhuman” in his professionalism and will return to action with Liverpool as quickly as possible.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Milner was forced off in the 5-0 drubbing of Man United after just 25 minutes after he felt his hamstring.
Speaking to Liverpool’s media team on 26 October, assistant manager Pep Lijnders confirmed that “he is out until the international break”.
Milner, who has turned out 569 times in the Premier League in a near-two-decade career, will turn 36 in January.
And Dinnery claims that his consummate professionalism stands him in good stead to make a speedy return from the treatment room.
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“Your body’s capacity to heal does naturally diminish the older you get,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Tissue reconstruction is just a little bit slower. There are lots of other factors to consider. There’s lifestyle, nutrition, sleep, general health and wellbeing.
“They will all have an impact. Milner is almost superhuman in terms of how he looks after himself in those areas.
But the injury process does alter everything, including the efficiency of how the cells communicate with each other.
“That culminates in it taking that little bit longer for everything to heal. But Milner is exemplary in terms of how he’s managed himself off the pitch.
“I’m sure he will be back as soon as humanly possible.”