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Liverpool forward Danny Ings has provided an update into his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury, posting a video documenting his rehabilitation. The 23-year-old has not played since October after damaging his knee during training and is not expected to feature again this term.
Since undergoing surgery to fix the problem, Ings has used the remaining months of the season attempting to return to full fitness as he aims to make a comeback in time for the start of the 2016/17 campaign. Ings moved to Anfield from Burnley last summer and scored three goals in six starts in all competitions before having his term cut short.
Ings posted the video through his Twitter account. It begins with footage of the training ground incident that ended his season. The Liverpool striker is then seen training to recover from the knee injury, including exercises in the gym and the pool. However, there is no evidence he has begun ball work.
Manager Jurgen Klopp does not believe Ings will feature again this term and is consigned to being without the player until pre-season. It means the Winchester-born frontman will miss out potentially picking up his first medal when Liverpool face Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final on 28 February.
The Merseysiders were handed a second injury boost over the weekend after defender Lloyd Jones made his first start in the recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him out since October. The 19-year-old suffered the blow while at Blackpool and was forced to cut short his loan spell at Bloomfield Road and return to his parent club for treatment.
Jones started in a strong Liverpool Under-21 team that were defeat 2-0 by Sunderland at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium on 21 February. Divock Origi, Ryan Kent and Joao Carlos Teixeira, all of whom have played for the first team this season, were among those to start but goals from Mikael Mandron and Carl Lawson left coach Michael Beale far from impressed.
"We got exactly what we deserved," he said, according to the Liverpool Echo. "There were a few things I'm not willing to accept today. We didn't take one thing that we'd worked on in the week into the game. This is probably the weakest performance I've seen from a Liverpool under-21 side for a long, long time. It's a wake-up call for them. Because they've played at a higher level now they're there to be shot at. We didn't show our level."