Liverpool’s injury woes don’t look set to ease anytime soon with Rhys Williams suffering a hip problem while away with England’s U21s.
The centre-half was left out of the squad to face Albania on Tuesday night.
Williams was subsequently sent back to Liverpool as a precaution after expressing concern over a hip issue.
“He had a very minor stiff hip,” said U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd.
“It was in his best interests to get him back to Liverpool.
“With all the players, if there’s any potential injuries or niggles then our medical staff is in contact with the club.
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“Rhys wasn’t actually on the bench so I thought the best thing was to get him back to Liverpool.”
Williams is the second Liverpool centre-half to return from the international break with an injury after Joe Gomez.
Gomez’s issue is thought to be far worse than Williams’ and could keep him out for the season.
That would make him the seconds Reds defender poised to miss the campaign with Virgil van Dijk recovering from surgery on a knee ligament injury.
Jurgen Klopp will hope Williams is fit enough to play some part of Liverpool’s top of the table clash with Leicester on Sunday.
The German has a mounting injury list that already includes Van Dijk, Gomez and now potentially Williams, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Robertson has a hamstring issue while Alexander-Arnold withdrew from the England squad before the recent set of internationals.
Midfield pair Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also going to be absent for Sunday’s contest at Anfield.
Leading scorer Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus and he will be forced to isolate.
It means Klopp is down to the bones of his squad and will likely pair Joel Matip with Nathaniel Phillips in the centre of defence.
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