Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken right hand.
Karius, a £4.7 million signing from Mainz this summer, is likely to be sidelined for eight to 10 weeks, dealing a blow to his hopes of challenging Simon Mignolet to be manager Jurgen Klopp‘s first choice.
“I’m back at home after a successful surgery! Thank you guys for all your get-well wishes!” Karius wrote after tweeting a picture of his bandaged hand.
Karius turned down a place in Germany’s Olympic squad in order to fight for a starting place but injury now means fellow new signing Alex Manninger, a 39-year-old veteran who arrived from Augsburg on a free transfer, will now deputise for Mignolet for the start of the campaign.
The remainder of the squad returned home on Tuesday immediately after their 2-1 defeat to Roma to begin preparations later this week for their final friendly of pre-season against Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday.