Following a setback with his shoulder injury, Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘have to see how long Darwin Nunez is out injured
Darwin appeared to be in a toss-up situation to play against Real Madrid on Tuesday. After being taken off due to injury last weekend, it seemed as though he may miss some time.
Fortunately, the Uruguayan was healthy enough to play against Madrid and score. Nunez didn’t make the team for last night’s draw with Crystal Palace, suggesting that the game may have taken its toll on him.
Following the scoreless draw on Saturday night, Klopp was questioned about his striker and provided a dismal report.
According to the manager, “Darwin at Newcastle when he fouled Trippier… yep, his shoulder.” Then everything was fine with an injection versus Madrid because there is no structural damage, albeit it is quite painful. Nevertheless, the day after the Madrid game, he had another knock there, and after the game, he was completely immobile with his arm. We’ll have to wait and see how long it takes, but that’s what caused him and Joe Gomez’s muscle damage.
Yet another terrible setback has befallen Darwin.
Nunez has had trouble starting off in a Liverpool jersey thus far for a variety of reasons. That has been partially the player’s fault. Even when he was excellent, he frequently blew opportunities and displayed unpredictable performance.
But it must equally be acknowledged that Darwin’s situation hasn’t been made any better by a bunch of sporadic, minor wounds.
The international player from Uruguay hasn’t been absent for unusually long stretches of time. Yet, he has occasionally missed two or three games, and it always seems to be just as he is becoming comfortable.
The most recent incident occurs at a time when he is perhaps Liverpool’s most crucial attacking player. He had a solid foundation to build on going into a vital period of the season after scoring in back-to-back games.
Sadly, the universe had different intentions for Darwin.
When their No. 27 wasn’t included in the team to face Palace yesterday, Liverpool fans probably thought the worse. The Reds have frequently appeared to be toothless moving forward without his vigor and quickness. And once more, Liverpool struggled to a 0-0 draw.
The Reds will undoubtedly miss Nunez regardless of how long he is sidelined. According to Klopp’s update, it seems likely that he won’t be available for Wednesday’s match against Wolves. Just let’s hope he gets well enough to play against Manchester United later.