Liverpool’s promising young striker Rhian Brewster has revealed a foot injury that looks set to rule him out of the Reds’ pre-season training.
Jurgen Klopp‘s squad are set to return to Melwood on Wednesday, as the German begins preparations for the 2017/18 campaign.
With Brewster included in first-team training towards the end of last season, the 17-year-old could have expected to be included in Klopp’s group this summer.
However, taking to Snapchat on Tuesday afternoon, the striker posted a photo of his left foot in a protective boot.
The youngster stressed that he “will be back stronger,” but this remains a disappointing setback:
Paul Joyce of the Times has confirmed that Brewster has suffered a broken bone in his foot, with the youngster ruled out for around eight weeks.
Meanwhile, Cameron Brannagan returned to pre-season training on Tuesday afternoon, joining another former loanee, Lloyd Jones, as part of the U23s squad:
Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Pedro Chirivella and Roberto Firmino were among those travelling back from their summer break on Monday night, as they prepare for their return on Wednesday.
Klopp is likely to have a relatively thin squad in the first weeks of pre-season, with many of his key names given further time off following their international commitments.
Emre Can is set to be the last to return due to his involvement at the Confederations Cup with Germany, and Marko Grujic could be provided a similar period of rest after the European U21 Championship.
The Reds begin their pre-season schedule against Tranmere Rovers on July 12, before another domestic friendly against Wigan Athletic on July 14.
Brewster could have hoped to have made an impact in those initial clashes, much like Ben Woodburn last summer, but now he will be forced to watch from afar.