8 Sept 2015

'Brendan was here': After BR chat, Boss confirms 'outstanding' midfielder's 'return' to Liverpool for injury 'rehab'

In July, Liverpool youngsters Jordan Williams, Lawrence Vigoroux, and Kevin Stewart signed season-long loan deals with League One side Swindon Town, but after suffering a 'bad' injury after only 5 games, Stewart is now on his way back to Anfield.

Stewart suffered a medial collateral ligament injury against Newport County last week, and Swindon have confirmed that the 22-year old will return to Liverpool.

Speaking to the club's official website, Swindon boss Mark Cooper confirmed:

"Kevin Stewart has a bad...grade two MCL tear but, as per his loan agreement, Liverpool requested he return for further assessment and a scan.

"The scan confirmed our initial diagnosis and he will remain with Liverpool for his rehab which will take at least six weeks."

Cooper - who recently described both Stewart and Williams as 'outstanding - is disappointed with the injury, but confirmed that he discussed the issue with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers:

“He’s a good player, Kev. He can play in a lot of positions. We’ll have a chat with Liverpool. Brendan was here today so we’ll see what they want to do".

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva suffered an MCL injury back in January 2010, and spent five weeks on the sidelines, so recovery time estimate is fairly accurate.

It's a shame for Stewart, who looked likely to become a first-team regular after making five starts for the club, but history is repeating itself here.

Last season, Stewart secured a loan to Cheltenham Tow, but he returned to Liverpool early after picking up an injury.

Liverpool's official website lists Stewart as a 'defender' and a 'full-back', but the man himself has different ideas about his best position. Last month, he told the Swindon Advertiser:

"Positionally, anywhere in the middle suits me, whether it’s holding or pushing on a bit more. That’s where I prefer the most.”

With Milner, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, and Can at the club, Stewart has no chance of becoming a midfield regular at Liverpool, and in my view, there's no real point in staying at the club.

Stewart is 22, and if he hasn't broken through yet, he probably never will, so it's clearly best for him to find a club where he'll play regularly.

Author: Jaimie K


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