Emre Can has been withdrawn from the Germany squad for their games against Finland and Norway, with the German team saying the player has a foot injury.
That Can was even called up for his national team is odd, given that he missed Liverpool’s game at Tottenham after limping off against Burton Albion last week.
At the time, Jurgen Klopp said that 22-year-old was feeling pain in the same ankle as the end of last season, but that it was “not that serious.”
“It’s the ankle he had problems with at the end of last season, so he’s a little bit worried,” said Klopp.
Now the German FA say Can has suffered a capsular injury in his right foot and will return back to Anfield for treatment.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) August 30, 2016
Whether that’s the same injury or a different one, remains to be seen.
Despite being injured, Can was allowed to limp back on the field for a few minutes before being replaced by Kevin Stewart.
Klopp has seen over half his first-team squad suffer injuries in the two months since the players returned to training.
Lucas Leiva returned from injury last week, while Mamadou Sakho, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Philippe Coutinho, James Milner, Marko Grujic, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have all had injuries since returning for the new season.
Klopp will be hoping Can’s injury doesn’t rule him out of the Reds’ first game after the international break, at home to Leicester City, and that no other injuries are picked up while on international duty.