Liverpool have received a boost as it has been confirmed that Marko Grujic’s head injury suffered against Chelsea isn’t serious.
The 20-year-old was forced off at half-time during the 1-0 defeat to their Premier League rivals, following a collision with Bertrand Traore.
Grujic was taken to hospital as a precaution, and is now expected to miss out on the game against AC Milan in Santa Clara on Sunday.
While in the short-term it’s certainly a blow for Jurgen Klopp, the German tactician will be relieved having now discovered that the injury won’t keep his new recruit sidelined for a significant period of time moving forward.
Nevertheless, it has yet to be confirmed how long Grujic will now spend out, but as noted by Sky Sports, a standard concussion will likely see him out of action for two weeks.
Having escaped a serious issue, Grujic will be both relieved yet frustrated over the setback, as ultimately it will now push him back in terms of fitness and his ability to make his case to be a starter for Klopp at the beginning of the new Premier League campaign.
With such fierce competition for places in midfield at Anfield this season, the Serbian’s injury will now see him fall down the pecking order for the time being and give others a chance to impress.
Fellow summer signings Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane will have great opportunities to establish themselves, along with players already settled in the squad and looking to make an early impression this season.
Sky Sports go on to add that he’ll also be expected to sit out friendlies against Roma, Barcelona and Mainz, and so his first chance of featuring for the Reds in the opening game of the season on August 14 at Arsenal could be under threat too.