By Ben Dinnery

9th Nov, 2022 | 7:30pm

Medical Insider issues 'shock' claim after new Luis Diaz injury reveal at Liverpool - 'I spoke to a member of backroom staff...'

The number of players, like Liverpool forward Luis Diaz, who choose to undergo injury rehab in their homeland is shocking.

That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.

Diaz has been out with a knee injury he picked up during Liverpool’s 3-2 loss to Arsenal last month (9 October).

Colombian sports journalist Pipe Sierra reported last week (3 November) that the 25-year-old had undergone part of his rehab back in his homeland.

“For high-profile players to go back to their homeland and work with their chosen therapists is certainly not uncommon and is becoming more and more prevalent in the game, particularly with players coming from other countries,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“Indeed, I spoke to a member of backroom staff at a club last season and he suggested that around 70 per cent of players that come into the league for the first time will choose to do part of their rehab away from the club with their own specialist support which I was quite shocked at.

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“You can understand that because you have that level of understanding and built up knowledge from working together for a long time.

“It comes down to accountability as well and where does that lie? When players go away you become heavily reliant upon open lines of communication.

“Players have the power now, they hold the ace in the deck.

“With long-term injuries like Luis Diaz’s, it’s not necessarily a bad thing in those early stages of recovery where there is not a great deal happening.

“The psychological aspect can be enough to spur them on to come back and address those physical issues that need to be worked on during rehab.

“It’s a fresh start and an opportunity to recharge and refocus and then come back and get stuck into your rehab.”

In other news, Liverpool have been backed to complete a striker signing after a Roberto Firmino reveal.