Liverpool star Firmino out 'longer than expected' after new setback - expert

By Ben Dinnery

2nd May, 2022 | 6:00pm

Medical expert: Roberto Firmino out 'longer than expected' after new Liverpool setback

Liverpool will not be worried that Roberto Firmino appears to have suffered a “reaction” to treatment and is out “longer than expected”.

That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Firmino, 30, has been sidelined with a foot injury since the 3-2 FA Cup semi-final win over Man City last month (16 April).

Jurgen Klopp claimed that the Brazilian forward was close to a return in each of the Merseysiders’ last two matches.

But as quoted by The Mirror last Thursday (28 April), the manager revealed that Firmino will now be out “longer than we thought”.

Dinnery claimed that Liverpool would be wise not to push the attacker too hard as he continues his recovery.

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“Sometimes things can take longer than expected,” he told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.

“He might have been expected to respond in a certain way and it hasn’t worked out like that.

“It is a science but not an exact science. Individuals respond to treatment in different ways.

“If you suffer a setback or reaction, you need to make sure you return pain-free.

“They aren’t just thinking about the next game. They have got the rest of the league campaign and possibly a Champions League final.

“It is better to take that additional recovery time than rush him back. They are well-stocked in those positions now anyway.”

Firmino’s 31 appearances this season have yielded 11 goals and four assists.

He is not expected to return in time for Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Villarreal tomorrow night (3 May).

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