22 Sept 2015

Massive Blow: 'Outstanding' Liverpool star could face 3-months out if injury 'scan' reveals muscle tear

Liverpool just can't catch a break at the moment. With Jordan Henderson out for at least another two months, it looks increasingly like 'outstanding' LFC striker Christian Benteke is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

On Sunday, Benteke came off at half-time after a sluggish 45 minutes against Norwich, and after the game, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed that he'd sustained a 'tight hamstring'.

Well, according to Gary McAllister today, Benteke's injury may be a little more serious. Speaking to reporters today, he confirmed:

"Christian is going to have an MRI scan today, and we’ll hopefully we’ll find the problem. He’s got a little problem with his hamstring".

For me, the glaring issue is this: Benteke sustained the injury on Sunday, so why has it take two days for him to go in for a scan?

This suggest to me that the club initially believed that the injury was minor, but then discovered that it's potentially more serious.

In many cases, scans are only ordered if there's suspicion of an actual muscle tear (as opposed to a minor strain), and if it transpires that Benteke has grade three hamstring injury (i.e. a tear in the muscle), he could be out for a while.

According to the professional football physiotherapist Neal Reynolds:

"Anything up to 3 weeks for a grade 1, anything from between 2 and 8 weeks for a grade 2 hamstring strain and you are looking at pretty much 12 weeks for a grade 3. It can be anything within that".

Whatever the outcome of the scan, it looks like Benteke will be out for a minimum of two to three weeks.

As a comparison, Sturridge suffered a hamstring injury back in November 2014, and that led to him being out for 71 days, so it could go either way.

As such, it's even more important that Liverpool are responsible with Sturridge's reintegration into the team.

Rushing him back is counter-productive, and the Reds can't afford to be without both Sturridge and Benteke for an extended amount of time.

Fingers crossed for the scan, eh?

On the plus side, Ings and Origi should get more game time over the coming weeks, and who's to say they can't form a good partnership?

If Rodgers continues to go with two up-front, that is...

Author: Jaimie K


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