Loris Karius thanks Liverpool supporters after “successful” surgery on broken hand

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken right hand.

The German returned home early from the club’s tour of the United States after sustaining the injury having collided with team-mate Dejan Lovren in Wednesday’s friendly against Chelsea.

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.

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