Liverpool fear that emerging midfielder Kevin Stewart could face a long spell on the sidelines with suspected ankle ligament damage, according to the Echo.
The Echo reports that the 22-year-old will not travel to Germany for the first leg of Liverpool’s last-32 tie with Augsburg after picking up the injury in training on Monday.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted concern as Liverpool and the player await the results of a scan, and admitted that the injury is unfortunate in light of Stewart’s progress.
“We lost Kevin Stewart in training,” Klopp is quoted as saying by the Echo. “He blocked a shot and his ankle was not stable. It was a bit bruised so we have sent him for a scan. We think it’s the ligament.
“He trained outstandingly and then this happened. That’s not too good.”
Stewart, who joined the Reds after his release by Tottenham Hotspur in 2014, was starting to make an impression at Anfield after being given opportunities in the cup competitions.
He started all four of the FA Cup games against Exeter City and West Ham United, and made his Premier League debut as a substitute in Sunday’s 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.
The youngster’s momentum appears to have been halted by him becoming the latest Liverpool player to be crocked, during a season in which their squad has been crippled by injury.
Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Divock Origi have recently returned from layoffs, but Martin Skrtel, Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain out of action.
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