Divock Origi‘s ankle injury is believed to be less severe than initially feared, with the striker likely to miss up to four weeks of action.
The Belgian buckled under a challenge from Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori in Liverpool’s 4-0 Merseyside derby win earlier in April.
According to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur, who is based in England for HLN.BE, Origi will not require surgery on the injury.
Terreur claims that the 21-year-old “will be out for three to four weeks and will be fit in time for the Euros.”
“Only one of the ankle ligaments is ruptured, [the] second one is fine,” he later added.
If Terreur’s timeframe is based on when Origi was injured, he could make his return before the end of the season, while he would have an outside chance of featuring in a possible Europa League final clash either way.
Not requiring surgery would be a major boost for Origi, who could join up with Marc Wilmots’ Belgium squad for the European Championship in France this summer.
In strong form since taking up a prominent role in Jurgen Klopp‘s attack this spring, Origi could replace the out-of-sorts Christian Benteke for the Red Devils.
Addressing Origi’s injury last week, Klopp said that the club would give Origi every chance to recover before the end of the season.
“I’m long enough in this business to know we’re all different. We don’t have to make any general [diagnosis],” he told reporters.
“We have to work with him, and see what happens—the same with Emre Can. We’re all individuals.
“A long time ago I had an ACL, and played after four months. Nobody believed it but I had no problems.
“We can’t say now the season is over for him.”
While Terreur’s claims would be positive news for Liverpool, Klopp’s approach remains rather optimistic.
But the possibility of adding Origi to his squad for the Europa League final—if Liverpool make it past Villarreal in the semi-finals—would be a major boost for the German.