Joel Matip likely to miss Newcastle match

Liverpool were dealt another injury setback as Joel Matip limped out in their draw against West Bromwich Albion. The centre-back was recently replaced at halftime against Fulham due to a back injury, and was sidelined for their win against Tottenham.

The Liverpool defender, who has missed most of the games this season due to a series of different injuries will undergo scans on Monday to understand the extent of the damage. Liverpool, who have already lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to long term injuries can ill afford to lose Matip amid a busy schedule.

Speaking after the game against West Brom, Jurgen Klopp confirmed Matip suffered an adductor injury. The Liverpool manager added, “Joel told me he felt something in his adductor, that’s obviously not too good. Not sure how serious it is now but it was serious enough that he had to leave the pitch.

It’s not the first time a centre-half is injured. It’s of course not good. He was in a really good shape again. We cannot change that and we have to accept it and carry on.”

Speaking on the Cameroonian’s fitness issues, Klopp said “It’s like a ‘wandering’ injury. He had a problem with his ankle, but could play on. He then got a back problem. Everybody knows he was limping from time to time and then he got a back problem. We worked on that, on both, and now he has an adductor.”

We will see. I hope it’s not too serious but of course, three days until Newcastle is close. He was pretty good and it would have been nice if he could play on.”

Naby Keita, who was absent against West Brom is almost certain to miss the Newcastle trip. “Naby felt again a muscle. We don’t know exactly for how long but he wasn’t ready for today and not for Wednesday I don’t think. We will see“, said Klopp.

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