Emre Can remains an injury doubt for Liverpool's clash against Leicester City on Saturday (10 September) after missing Tuesday's training session. The midfielder suffered an ankle injury during the Reds' EFL Cup clash against Burton Albion and is likely to be absent for the visit of the Foxes.
The 22-year-old midfielder had made one appearance for Liverpool in the Premier League before suffering the injury and also missed their clash against Tottenham Hotspur prior to the ongoing international break. He pulled out of the Germany squad for their friendly against Finland and 2018 World Cup qualifier against Norway, which they won 2-0 and 3-0 respectively. Jurgen Klopp had played down the seriousness of the injury, but looks to be more long-term than expected.
Liverpool's official site pictured a number of first-team stars back in training including the England internationals fresh from their victory over Slovakia, but Can was absent as he continues his recovery from the ankle injury. Sadio Mane's return was most anticipated after it was suggested that the forward had picked up a knee injury during Senegal's win over Namibia in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The former Southampton star, however, dispelled any fears by stating that he is fit for the clash against the Premier League champions and was even pictured training with the rest of the first-team squad at Melwood. Another summer arrival, Loris Karius is also back in full training after recovering from a broken hand he suffered prior to the start of the season.
"I'm fit. It's true I got a little kick in the back of the knee, but it was nothing special – it happened in the first half and I played for the rest of the game," the winger said to Liverpool official website. "I'd spoke with the coach and because we have new players, he wanted to try [them] and change me, so the substitution was not due to injury."
"The most important thing is I am here today at Melwood, I am happy to be fit and will get myself ready for Leicester in the rest of the week."
Apart from Can, the Netherlands' Gini Wijnaldum, Brazil's Philippe Coutinho, Estonia's Ragnar Klavan and Belgium duo Simon Mignolet and Divock Origi were also absent from training, as they are still away on international duty.