Medical expert names Thiago's Liverpool comeback date amid 'season-ending' talk
Thiago Alcantara’s injury is not “season-ending” and he could even be back in action for Liverpool soon after the winter break.
That is the view of injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Thiago is sidelined with a hip injury and has not played since mid-December.
The exact cause of the 30-year-old midfield orchestrator’s complaint has not yet been identified by Liverpool.
Addressing speculation that he could be out until the end of the season, Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports on Monday (10 January): “No, not at all.”
Dinnery suggests that the Spaniard could be in contention to face Cardiff City in the FA Cup in the first match after the winter break on 5 February.
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“There is an issue in terms of the specific nature of the injury itself,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“We know that it’s a muscular injury, so there may be some sort of hip flexor involvement.
“Looking at his history, there isn’t anything major that would give us much insight with regards to what it might be.
“With the winter break coming up, Thiago will probably miss the League Cup semi-finals.
“Maybe there is one eye on a return after that break. That gives him plenty of time.
“There was some suggestion that it could be season-ending, but Jurgen Klopp dealt with that with a fairly straight bat and denied that.
“Hopefully, we will have a better understanding when we have a bit more insight into the injury itself.
“But you would hope that he would be aiming to be back for after that winter break.”
Thiago has notched two goals and one assist in 14 appearances this term.
He missed two blocks of matches earlier in the season with a calf problem and Covid isolation period respectively.