After a promising start to the season there was some bad news around Anfield on Tuesday afternoon Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp announced the full extent of Nathaniel Clyne’s back injury.
The 26-year-old managed just 45 minutes of pre-season football before being ruled out of the opening to the Premier League campaign, and three games in he still isn’t fit enough to return.
And the warning signs were there yesterday afternoon when Klopp announced his squad for the Champions League this campaign, with the England international a notable absentee for Liverpool.
Speaking earlier today with an update, BBC Sport relays that Klopp said:
“The reality is we are looking at some time before he is back.
“I’m told it’ll be longer than a couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor and assess. If we are fortunate enough to still be in UEFA competition in the new year he could be added to the squad.”
It now looks increasingly likely that Clyne will also miss out on England’s upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier double header against Slovenia and Lithuania, putting his spot at the World Cup in jeopardy.
And Liverpool fans took to social media to share their dismay…
Welp. That’s not great. Clyne is not expected to play a significant role until at least the new year. https://t.co/sgtcAnJdFe
— Liverpool Offside (@LFCOffside) September 5, 2017
I hope Clyne isn't too injured, it worries me that it's his back ?
— Victoria Potts (@vikipotts) September 5, 2017
Guess his back injury is like Gundogan's
— Clancy (@clancyclancy9) September 5, 2017
Jurgen Klopp confirms Nathaniel Clyne is expected to be out of action until the new year. pic.twitter.com/IcDaudUVDa
— R (@7cepi_LFC) September 5, 2017
With some wondering if it may impact on their title ambitions…
Clyne being out long term is a bit worrying, Gomez the 4th choice centreback is then rotating right back with Trent; short before, now ???
— MK (@marcas_keenan) September 5, 2017
Others didn’t see it as the end of the world…
Let's not beat around the bush. Clyne is bang average. Good news as it gives TAA a chance to do his thing and develop.
— Jon Harris (@JDH5985) September 5, 2017
Citing the fact that they already have two good young options…
2 very good replacements for Clyne in TAA and JG so not in the slightest bit concerned but wins Nath Clyne a speedy recovery YNWA @LFC
— Allan eyvbowho (@EyvbowhoAllan) September 5, 2017
With Clyne injured for ages it's time for TAA to establish himself among the elite right backs
— ~ (@CIassyCouts) September 5, 2017
— rónánmcevoy. (@ronanmcevoy7) September 5, 2017
Although others believe there’s another man set to take his role…
So with Nathaniel Clyne being out till 2018, should we expect Ox Chamberlain to play RB or hand in transfer request first, unreal scenes ???
— Alajo™ (@Sam_is_cray) September 5, 2017
— jay N (@MrJay_81) September 5, 2017
Clyne is injured, so looks like Chamberlain's gonna be at RB for the coming season…what a shame… pic.twitter.com/JSPgTlxYJ2
— James Moir (@Moir_86) September 5, 2017
Oxlade-Chamberlain is actually gonna play RB now Clyne is injured. Beautiful.
— Manny ? (@Blacazette) September 5, 2017
And lastly, the infamous ‘James Milner’ obviously had his own take on the situation…
I just text Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain about Nathaniel Clyne's injury. I hope I see him in training this week. pic.twitter.com/pAN7wWE6bM
— Boring James Milner (@BoringMilner) September 5, 2017
What do you think Liverpool fans? Will Clyne be severely missed? Let us know below.