The midfielder (Thiago Alcantara) has been sidelined once more after missing significant time last year.
Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool will miss the rest of the season after injuring his hamstring in the Reds’ first Premier League game of the season.
The Spaniard was forced off after 51 minutes of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Fulham, and an initial scan has revealed a hamstring strain.
Thiago will have a second scan later this week, according to Anfield sources, and any timetable for his potential return will be determined by how the 31-year-old responds to initial treatment and rehabilitation.
Games Thiago Alcantara might be unable to attend
Thiago’s injury comes at a bad time for Liverpool, who are already missing a number of first-team players.
While there is no definitive timetable for his recovery – sources say it will be “weeks,” but he could return sooner if treatment goes well – he will almost certainly be out for the rest of August, missing games against Crystal Palace, Manchester United, Bournemouth, and Newcastle. The Merseyside derby against Everton on September 3 at Goodison Park may also be too soon.
“This is not a good situation, I don’t like it at all, but we have to see how we react on that – but for sure not panicking,” manager Jurgen Klopp said following the Fulham game.
Klopp will welcome back Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas this week after illness and injury, but he will still be without Curtis Jones, Ibrahima Konate, Diogo Jota, Caoimhin Kelleher, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and new signing Calvin Ramsay as the season progresses.