Philippe Coutinho ruled out of Huddersfield clash with groin injury

27 October 2017

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho will miss Saturday’s clash with Huddersfield Town after suffering an abductor strain in the buildup.


The Reds take on their newly promoted opponents as they bid to revive their fortunes after a gruelling 4-1 loss away to Tottenham last weekend.

Liverpool have won just twice in their last 10 games in all competitions, and head to Anfield ninth in the Premier League after nine outings.

Jurgen Klopp‘s hopes of victory over his close friend David Wagner have been dealt another blow, however, with Coutinho ruled out of action.

The Telegraph report that the 25-year-old has picked up a groin injury, and as well as missing Saturday’s home clash, could be absent for the following two games.

These come at home to Maribor in the Champions League on November 1, and then away to West Ham in the league on November 4.

Coutinho has scored four goals and laid on three assists in nine appearances so far this season, after failing to secure a move to Barcelona in the summer.

Klopp’s No. 10 was arguably in the form of his life prior to his injury, leaving the German struggling for a replacement, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge likely options.

Adam Lallana (thigh) and Sadio Mane (hamstring) are also sidelined, while Danny Ward (back) is another new arrival in the treatment room.

Ward could have hoped to challenge Simon Mignolet for a starting spot against his former club, but now the 24-year-old is set for another frustrating spell out.

The Wales international has made just one appearance for Liverpool so far this season, after starting 46 games on loan with Huddersfield in 2016/17.

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