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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Has Successful Surgery But Faces Lengthy Spell On Sideline

The Englishman suffered a knee ligament injury last month.

It was against Roma in the Champions League semi final first leg where Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off the pitch in a stretcher in the first half.

Initially, fears were raised that the 24-year-old would miss the Champions League final and England’s World Cup campaign. Once the severity of the injury became clear, that much was obvious.

There was some remote hope that he would be ready for the start of the 2018/19 season, but a report from the Liverpool Echo suggests a longer timeline for recovery.

James Pearce reports that the midfielder is “unlikely to play again before November”.

While the surgery Oxlade-Chamberlain underwent earlier this month was considered a success, a minimum of six months recovery time has been scheduled for the player.

Aside from the criminally cruel timing of the injury, it also presents a headache for Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

While the impressive-looking Naby Keita is incoming soon from RB Leipzig, Liverpool’s midfield is rather short on depth.

Emre Can is likely to leave, leaving captain Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum as regular starters. James Milner can also slot in there, but aside from the injury prone Adam Lallana, the Reds mainly have youngsters and non-starters to call upon.

The injury to the ‘Ox’ could yet dictate Klopp’s transfer policy this coming summer.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.