Liverpool injury woes continue to worsen with Jordon Ibe a doubt for England U21 duty due to a knock he suffered during the Reds' loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday (7 November). The midfielder was substituted late on during the game after he picked up a muscular problem, but the club are yet to learn the extent of the damage.
The young winger is awaiting the scan results on the injury and being assessed by the Reds medical staff. Depending on which, he will either join Gareth Southgate's team or remain in Merseyside and continue his rehabilitation.
If the injury to the 19-year-old attacker is serious, it will be a big blow to Jurgen Klopp, who had recently praised the winger, following his impressive performance in recent weeks, including scoring the winner in their Europa League triumph over Rubin Kazan. The manager had touted Ibe for a bright future at the club.
The England U21 manager has confirmed that the teenage winger is undergoing tests, but has admitted that he is not sure regarding the outcome. Southgate is hoping to have Ibe for their Uefa U21 Championship qualifiers against Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 and Switzerland U21 on 12 and 16 November respectively.
"Jordon is being assessed by the club and we are waiting for the outcome of that. He's not been able to report yet, he went off towards the end of the game yesterday and they're having a look at him. They are scanning him but until we get the result it's impossible to say," Southgate said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
'It has been a good moment for him (Ibe scored his first Liverpool goal against Rubin Kazan last week) and he enjoyed his time with us and having lost Nathan already it is two more changes. These things care out of our control. We have to see what the outcome is," the former Middlesbrough manager added.