Liverpool confirm back surgery for Nathaniel Clyne

Tricia Pearson
November 15, 2017

The former Southampton defender has not played since suffering the injury in a pre-season game against Tranmere Rovers in July, and could now be out until mid-February.

Speaking on November 3, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "He was in a good way and then had a little setback".

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne could be out for up to three months after undergoing back surgery, according to Sky sources.

Clyne's injury forced the German manager to omit him from the Merseyside club's Champions League squad group stages.

The English media reported on Monday evening that the England global has undergone corrective back surgery on an issue that has plagued him for months, and will continue to do so with the 25-year-old now set to miss another three months of action.

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He said: "Liverpool will twist if Klopp fails to get Champions League football or win a trophy this season - which is looking a distinct possibility". He returned to training a few weeks ago, but suffered a set back in his recovery.

It is understood Clyne travelled to London with a member of the club's medical staff for corrective surgery on Monday.

In his absence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez have plugged the gap, but Clyne could be available for the all-important Premier League run-in.

On Monday, news also spread that Sadio Mane had returned to Liverpool after his recent hamstring injury flared up again while on global duty with Senegal.

Senegal released the pacy forward early after issuing a statement saying he "slightly felt his old injury" after the 2-0 win over South Africa which secured World Cup qualification.

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