Liverpool striker Danny Ings has suffered another injury setback on his road to recovery.
The 25-year-old missed the best part of the last two seasons with severe injuries to both knees, and has been looking to force his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans this year.
Klopp has left Ings in Neil Critchley’s under-23 squad and out of the first-team picture while he steps up his recovery, but Sunday’s encounter with Manchester City at Prenton Park ended in disappointment when he had to leave the Prenton Park with a knock.
Critchley, however, was keen to play down the decision to withdraw Ings as a precaution to avoid further injury when speaking to the Liverpool website:
“It’s more a precaution than anything.
“He felt something very early in the game and he wasn’t quite right, so we’re not taking any chances with Danny and there are plenty of first-team games to come.
“We’ll just look after him and assess him, but I’m sure he’ll be fine.”
While this setback is nowhere near as bad as the ones that ended his last two seasons prematurely, it is a blow to Ings with a League Cup clash against Leicester – a chance for a rare first-tem opportunity – on the horizon. He may yet recover in time to play some part in that but Klopp is unlikely to risk further injury to the former Burnley man given his recent history.