Divock Origi Injury: Updates on Liverpool Forward's Ankle and Return

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured Columnist

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Liverpool forward Divock Origi picked up an ankle ligament injury during April 20's Merseyside derby with Everton. However, he didn't need surgery and is nearing a return to competitive action.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Origi's Return Status

Tuesday, May 17

The Belgian forward was "passed fit" after Monday's training session and has travelled with the Liverpool squad to Basel, Switzerland, ahead of Wednesday's UEFA Europa League final against Sevilla, reported by James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo. He is expected to be named on the Reds' substitutes' bench.

Origi Comments on Recovery Status

Friday, May 13

"I'm ahead of schedule, so there's still a chance for the [Europa League] final," said Origi, per David Lynch of the club's website.

"I just have to do everything and it's the manager who decides what will happen. I'd say my mind says that I can be ready but the body has to follow, so we'll see," he continued.

Origi Recovery Timeline Emerges

Thursday, April 28

Origi "will be out for three to four weeks and will be fit in time for the [UEFA European Championship]" after escaping the need for surgery, according to Kristof Terreur of HLN.

Loss of In-Form Origi Increases Reliance on Sturridge

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has used Origi's absence to help Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke establish goalscoring form. Although they rarely feature on the pitch together, Liverpool clearly have alternative options who could help land the German his first piece of silverware at Anfield.

Origi's versatility makes him an important component of the side, especially now that he's upped his work rate under Klopp. He can be a difference-maker and would provide the team with a huge boost if he returns for the Europa League final.


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