Emre Can Injury: Updates on Liverpool Midfielder's Ankle and Return

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured Columnist

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 25: Emre Can of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool at The Hawthorns on April 25, 2015 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can ruptured ligaments in his ankle during the UEFA Europa League clash with Borussia Dortmund on April 14, but he is now ready for competitive action.

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"I am a fighter and won't let anything get me down," the Germany international told the SID news agency, per the Press Association (h/t the Daily Mail), adding: "I will give everything to try and be fit in time for the Euros, and I am optimistic about achieving my goal."

Can Key to Klopp's Side

The 22-year-old has been a mainstay of the Reds midfield so far this season, starting 27 of 31 games in the Premier League prior to his injury, per WhoScored.com.

Given that Jordan Henderson has been ruled out of action for the rest of the season, the German's knock seriously limits Liverpool's options in the centre of the park.

In James Milner and Lucas Leiva, Klopp has a pair of players who can replicate Can's energy, but his powerful runs from the centre of the park give Liverpool great attacking impetus from midfield, while he also acts as a shield for their vulnerable defence.


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