Glen Johnson Injury: Updates on Liverpool Star's Ankle, Likely Return Date
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has faced an extended spell on the sidelines after damaging his ankle in the team's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield last month, as reported at the time by Sky Sports.
He is currently working to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 18
From Brendan Rodgers, via Liverpool's official website:
We'll arrive with our strongest squad of the season against Newcastle.
They haven't played games, but they've been training now for the last few weeks.
Glen Johnson will be back. Joe Allen will be back. (Aly) Cissokho will be back.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 16
From David Maddock of the Daily Mirror:
Boss Brendan Rodgers has been given the perfect pick-me-up to the Reds' growing top-four hopes with the return of four key players to first-team action.
England star Glen Johnson, Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, new signing Aly Cissokho and Wales midfielder Joe Allen are all due back in training this week as the Reds prepare for a two-month Premier League programme that will define their ambition for the rest of the season.
All four players could even be vying for selection for this weekend’s visit to Newcastle, with Johnson and Cissokho back on the training ground and Coutinho well ahead of schedule.
UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 7
From Brendan Rodgers, via Charles Perrin of the Daily Express:
Glen's out on the field and hopefully after the international break he'll be ready to come back into the squad.
Aly Cissokho trained over the course of the last week or so, so I think after the international break he'll be fine and fit.
Joe Allen likewise—he should be ready for the Newcastle game. Glen Johnson and (Philippe) Coutinho will not be long after.
UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 3
From Glen Johnson:
Was feeling good jogging outside today. Feeling stronger each day!!!— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) October 3, 2013
UPDATE: Friday, Sept. 27
Sky Sports has the latest on Johnson:
"Glen is the type of player that you don't realise until he's not in the team, what you are missing," Rodgers said.
"He is athletic and he started the season very, very well. Against Manchester United he was outstanding.
"He's got the boot off his foot and he is working very hard. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will be back."
UPDATE: Thursday, Sept. 12
From Chris Bascombe of the Daily Telegraph:
Johnson will not be available until at least November, although this may a conservative estimate. Johnson sprained his ankle in the United win, also forcing him to miss the country’s key qualifying games.
His loss is significant for both club and country. There is no prospect of Johnson being fit enough to face Montenegro and Poland in the decisive Wembley finale to what has been an indifferent World Cup qualifying campaign so far.
The England right-back limped off during the second half of Liverpool’s third league win of the season, replaced by Andre Wisdom after a meaty challenge from Patrice Evra.
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo now claims Johnson could miss up to 10 weeks of the season, which would sideline the right-back until the end of November.
Liverpool were last week reluctant to put a timescale on his recovery but it is now believed Johnson could be ruled out for up to 10 weeks.
Should Johnson be sidelined for such a length of time then he will miss several games, including the Capital One Cup trip to Manchester United.
Liverpool’s official Twitter account was first to confirm the official details of the ankle problem, but medical staff have been waiting for swelling to subside before putting a timescale on the player’s return.
The former Chelsea man was instantly ruled out of England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, games team-mate Daniel Sturridge was also forced to miss.
Gutted missing these 2 big games for England. Fighting to get back soon for Club and Country.— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) September 6, 2013
However, where Pearce reports that Sturridge is hopeful of missing no games for Liverpool, making his return in their next outing at Swansea, the news on Johnson is not so positive.
He would also sit out of the Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United, which is earmarked for Luis Suarez’s return from suspension.
Brendan Rodgers has good cover in Johnson’s absence in the shape of Wisdom and Martin Kelly, the latter of whom is the more attacking option if the Liverpool boss wants to go like-for-like.
Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure have also played at right-back on occasions, but none of the backup options offer Johnson’s clever feet, although Kelly does like to raid down the right when given the freedom.
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