Liverpool’s Adam Lallana likely to miss start of the season
England midfielder’s knee injury looks set to keep him from facing former club Southampton
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has suffered a knee injury in training and could miss the start of the new season. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire
The 26-year-old, who moved to Anfield from Southampton earlier this month, sustained a knock to his lateral collateral ligament during a session at the Reds’ Harvard University training base in Boston.
Although no timeframe has been placed on a return to fitness, such injuries can result in a spell of anywhere up to six weeks on the sidelines.
A quirk of the Premier League fixture list means Liverpool’s first match is at home to Southampton on August 17th, with Lallana now facing a race to be fit.
He has been assessed by Liverpool’s medical staff and does not require surgery. However, the news is clearly a setback for the England international, who will undergo further assessment by the club’s medical team in the United States and on his return to Liverpool.
Lallana, a boyhood Everton fan, completed his €31 million move to Anfield earlier this month, ending Brendan Rodgers’s pursuit of a player he identified as a primary target for this summer.