When Trent Alexander-Arnold could return from injury for Liverpool

Jamie Spencer
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a major doubt to face Man City
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a major doubt to face Man City / James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to return after the October international break as he nurses a muscle injury suffered in training this week.

Alexander-Arnold didn’t travel with the rest of the Liverpool squad for the Champions League clash with Porto on Tuesday and has now been ruled out of the trip to Manchester City on Sunday by manager Jurgen Klopp.

With the next international break also quickly approaching, it could therefore be mid-October before the right-back is next in action in a Liverpool shirt.

Speaking on Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Thiago’s fitness, Klopp told Liverpool's website: “No ‘news’ means they are doing well but they won’t have enough time for being back against City, but I expect them both to be back after the international break. 

“But we have a good team so we still have solutions and we have to use them and yeah, after the international break the boys will be back I think.”

Alexander-Arnold has not been named in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary.

That should allow him the duration of the international break to focus on recovering and building his fitness back to match level. Liverpool’s first game after the international break is a visit to Watford on Saturday 16 October, which gives Alexander-Arnold two weeks to get fit.

James Milner filled in from the start against Porto and enjoyed an excellent first half. He was later replaced by Joe Gomez, who has played limited football since recovering from his own injury layoff last season and was caught cold when Porto grabbed their consolation.

Neco Williams was also on the bench at the Estadio do Dragao.

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