Medical insider reveals why Darwin Nunez is wearing protective equipment as Liverpool images emerge
New big-money Liverpool signing Darwin Nunez is wearing protective strapping on his knee to alleviate irritation and not because of a more sinister injury.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Nunez, 23, joined Liverpool from Benfica in a club-record £85million deal last month.
The Uruguayan centre-forward has played in each of the Merseysiders’ three pre-season friendlies and scored four in the clash against RB Leipzig last Thursday (21 July).
Liverpool posted pictures via Twitter last Saturday (23 July) of Nunez wearing what appears to be taping on his right knee.
But Dinnery allayed fears that the marksman has picked up an injury early in his Reds career.
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“It could just be that it helps to alleviate some of the load coming through that patellar tendon,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“It is going to be high intensity, high workload. Sometimes you can get a bit of irritation and overload around the knee. Sometimes that strapping can help alleviate and manage that.
“It can also help the kneecap track properly and offset any irritation in there. It’s not massive. It’s more just to guide that patellar.
“If there is a slight muscular imbalance, that patellar might not track as it should. It’s not so much an injury, it’s more of a pain. This is used to stop that.”
Liverpool face RB Salzburg in their final pre-season friendly on Wednesday (27 July).
They then play Man City in the Community Shield on Saturday (30 July).