Dominik Szoboszlai is ‘set to be out for four weeks due to recurrence of hamstring injury’ – ruling him out of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup final against Chelsea
Dominik Szoboszlai could miss the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea after reportedly being sidelined for nearly a month with a recurrence of his hamstring injury.
The Hungarian midfielder was ruled out of action for most of January with a hamstring problem, but returned to action at the end of the month.
Now a report through Indexa website in his homeland, claims he has suffered a recurrence of the same problem in a major setback for Jurgen Klopp.
The report claims that it is ‘worth it to expect a recovery time of around three to four weeks’.
Szoboszlai made a good impact on his return to the team, bagging an assist against Norwich and scoring against Chelsea.
Dominik Szoboszlai has been ruled out for four weeks with another hamstring problem, according to reports in Hungary
This will cause Szoboszlai to miss the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, who he scored against last week.
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However, he was not in the squad that lost 3-1 against Arsenal on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp: ‘Doma felt pain in the same or at least very close part of his thigh where his injury was before.
“During the game (against Chelsea) he was good but afterwards he felt a bit so we looked at him and unfortunately it became clear to us that he has no chance to play in today’s game.”
He added: We cannot take any risk. We have to wait for further assessment but it was clear that he cannot be involved today. That’s it, pretty much.’
Due to a light January schedule, the 23-year-old missed just four games in January, three of which were in domestic cup competitions.
Liverpool navigated that period seamlessly, beating Bournemouth 4-0 in the Premier League, Arsenal 2-0 in the FA Cup and Fulham 3-2 in the Carabao Cup semi-final.
However, there is no doubt that Klopp will miss him if he is ruled out.
Szoboszlai has bagged five goals and four assists since his £60m summer signing from RB Leipzig and is popular with supporters for his forays through midfield.
Jurgen Klopp explained after the defeat to Arsenal that he had ‘no chance to play’ due to ‘pain in the same or at least very close part of his thigh’ as before
Liverpool play six games in the next four weeks and just after that awaits a clash with Manchester City
Index claims that the blow is lighter than his previous hamstring injury.
However, if he is out for four weeks, he could miss about six games.
The Reds face Burnley, Brentford, Luton, Chelsea, Watford or Southampton (in the FA Cup) and Nottingham Forest before March 2.
A potential title-deciding clash with Manchester City awaits on March 10 and Liverpool fans will be desperate to see him back and get fit before then.
Szoboszlai has played the eighth most minutes of the entire squad in all competitions this campaign.
A total of 1,944 minutes makes him the highest-ranked midfielder in terms of game time.
If the reports are accurate, some might hope that Szoboszlai at least sends a cardboard cutout in his place.
Fans were stunned on Monday when it emerged that Szoboszlai keeps a life-size cutout of himself in his living room.
Fans were baffled by a life-size cardboard cutout of Dominik Szoboszlai in his home – but it won’t be able to play in his place
Szoboszlai has quickly become a star player since joining Liverpool for £60m in the summer
After inking a new tattoo on his chest, Szoboszlai posed in what appeared to be his living room with the aforementioned tattoo artist, while holding a Liverpool shirt with his name and number on the back.
Eagle-eyed supporters noticed that in one of the photos behind the Hungarian there was a cardboard replica of Liverpool’s number eight – admittedly a striking ornament to have in one’s home.