By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com Cameroon
Former Cameroonian international and Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an ankle ligament injury.
Joel Matip, 29-years suffered his injury as he tried to challenge Son Heung-min and was forced out of the game during the half time break. Liverpool went on to win the game against Spurs 3-1.
“He’ll be ready for the start of the next pre-season and everything will be sorted,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said when giving updates on the fitness level of Matip as reported by BBC Sports Africa.
It has been a season to forget for Joel Matip after he has had a series of injuries that have made him miss a handful of games for his side. The player just recently came back from another spell in the hospital before suffering this season-ender injury.
“In the end, we have to admit that he probably did that (playing despite not fully-fit),” Jurgen Klopp added
“It was unlucky because it was a brilliant challenge he made actually. He saved our life at that moment in the Tottenham game when he won the challenge against Son. But he injured his ankle and played the game on and now is out for the rest of the season, so you can imagine how much he tried to stay on the pitch and tried to help us.”
“We will wait for him. He has now the rest of this season, then the summer, and then the pre-season to get ready again and he will be ready again,” Jurgen Klopp said.
Joel Matip has now joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the treatment table. Dijk has shown improvement and is talked about returning before the season is over. For Gomez, there is still a long way back from his rehabilitation and is expected to sit out the season.
Liverpool has bolstered their defence with the acquisition of Ben Davis and Ozan Kabak on deadline day to help cushion the damage for their defensive line as they look to defend their title.
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