Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo will miss a month of action after fracturing a bone in his back, it has been revealed.
Ojo missed the final games of Liverpool’s pre-season tour after complaining of discomfort, though his problem was initially thought to be minor.
But after undergoing a scan it has been discovered that the 19-year-old will require a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
According to the Liverpool Echo‘s James Pearce, this will see Ojo out of action until mid-September.
It is believed that a busy summer schedule contributed to Ojo’s injury, with the winger taking part in the European U19 Championship with England, before immediately linking up with the Reds squad for pre-season.
This saw Ojo decline Jurgen Klopp‘s offer of a three-week holiday, as with his other summer internationals, in a bid to prove his worth to the German’s first team in 2016/17.
He impressed in his appearances for the club on their pre-season tour of the US, but this clearly took its toll.
However, with Ojo injured for a month, he may have inadvertently sealed his place in Klopp’s squad for the season ahead, with clubs likely reluctant to take him on loan at this stage.
Working his way back to fitness following a hamstring injury, Markovic failed to appear in either the first-team squad or for the U23s in their opening games of the season.
Facing competition from Ojo, who is three years his senior and more established under Klopp, and without European football this season, Markovic is seemingly surplus to requirements.