Liverpool Football Club have just received the disappointing news that their 19 year old winger, Jordan Ibe, will be out of action for about a month due to a knee injury. Ibe injured his lateral collateral ligament last Thursday at the Europa League match in Istanbul. Now that the medical scans have been carried out and evaluated, Ibe’s knee ligament damage will have him stay in the sidelines for the next few weeks, something which will be a big blow to the football club.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will have to work out how to deal with this setback at such a crucial point in the season. After the youngster returned back to Liverpool from his loan spell at Derby County, he has been performing exceptionally well. In the match against Everton, Ibe’s spectacular performance earned him the man of the match title, and he also let his talents shine in matches against Tottenham, Southampton and Besiktas.
Ibe was also hoping for a first call-up for England’s under-21s later this month, but the injury will also mean that this is unlikely to happen. However, it is not all doom and gloom for Liverpool, as two other key players will soon be fit to play again. Steven Gerrard, who was suffering from a hamstring injury, is set to be back out on the pitch either against Burnley on Wednesday or for the FA Cup match against Blackburn next Sunday. Jon Flanagan, who underwent knee surgery and has missed the whole season, has also been given the all-clear and will return to his full training schedule at Melwood this week.