Harry Kewell faces a painful few weeks out of action entirey after the foot injury that forced him out of Australia’s final World Cup game ‘“ a defeat to Italy, which was initially described as gout, has now been diagnosed as Septic Arthritis.
Septic Arthritis is “a bacterial infection of the joints”. A press statement from Liverpool today confirmed that Kewell will not resume training until mid-August, making it unlikely that he will be fit to start the new season.
The statement read, “It is unfortunate that another Australian player spoke publicly to the media about his condition rather than an official spokesperson for the National team. His team-mate suggested that Harry had been suffering from gout which we can confirm was an incorrect diagnosis.
“Following Harry’s return to Liverpool and examination by our own medical staff it became apparent he was suffering from an entirely different condition. This was identified as a Septic Arthritis ‘“ a bacterial infection in the joints of his left foot.
“Harry is currently undergoing treatment in hospital following a surgical procedure. He is expected to make a complete recovery and should be able to resume training in approximately six weeks time.”