Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Andrew Robertson’s shoulder operation has been a success in his latest update on the Reds’ unavailable left-back.
Robertson was injured on international duty with Scotland last week, colliding with Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon during the Euro 2024 qualifier and then causing his opponent to fall on top of him.
The 29-year-old was immediately in visible discomfort and his shirt was rolled up in the heat as he walked off the pitch. Robertson was later seen to have a proper limp when he returned home and it was then confirmed that he would need to undergo surgery to correct the problem.
At that stage, ahead of last weekend’s Merseyside derby against Everton, Klopp explained that Robertson would be sidelined “for a while”. Opting for surgery, although better in the long run, increases recovery time significantly.
No official time frame has been put on Robertson’s return, but three months is fairly typical, and in this case, that would mean a late January return.
Andrew Robertson injured while playing for Scotland / Florencia Tan Jun/GettyImages
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Toulouse this week, Klopp was asked about the latest news on Robertson’s condition.
“Robbo has had an operation and everything went well,” the boss explained. “It went as well as it could go so the recovery starts after he wakes up. I think it happened this morning, so it’s here. We don’t know how long it will take but the first step is done and it’s good .”
Kostas Tsimikas is the automatic choice to stand in for Robertson in his absence. The Greece international has featured sparingly since joining Anfield from Olympiacos in 2020, making his first Premier League start of the season in a 2-0 win over Everton.
He was withdrawn with half an hour to go, but as part of a tactical change from Klopp, he looked to turn the screw on Everton with the score still 0-0 at that stage.
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