Lovren Likely Out Until Next International Break

Dejan Lovren, whose pelvis injury sparked some debate at the start of the season, is likely to remain out for a while longer, according to Evening Standard.

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Liverpool have a tough schedule ahead, playing away to Spurs before taking on Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield in the Champions League opener. After that it’s a double feature against Chelsea, at Anfield in the Carabao Cup and then at Stamford Bridge in the league. Then it’s Napoli away and Manchester City at home.

The club’s medical staff say any minutes the Croatia international plays in that period would be considered a bonus, and it’s unlikely he’ll be hurried back.

The impressive form Joe Gomez has been showing next to Virgil van Dijk will make Lovren’s absence far less painful than it would’ve been expected before the season started, and the 29-year-old will have a tough task on his hands to displace the young defensive stalwart from the starting XI even when he regains full fitness. But likely to lack match fitness, it’s almost impossible to imagine Lovren starting any of these games ahead of Gomez.


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