Harry Wilson to return to Liverpool for checkup on “strange” injury

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Harry Wilson is set to return to Liverpool for assessments on a leg injury which Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has described as “strange.”

Wilson was absent for the Cherries’ 1-0 win at Chelsea on Saturday, having already missed the 3-0 defeat to his parent club due to being ineligible.

It was a bittersweet afternoon for the 22-year-old, who had featured in all but one Premier League game this season up to that point, including 11 starts from 14 games.

He is also Bournemouth‘s leading goalscorer, having found the back of the net six times so far, though there are concerns over his all-round contribution on loan.

Regardless, Wilson appears set for a longer spell on the sidelines, with Howe revealing a “strange” injury that will see him report back to Melwood for a checkup.

“Harry’s is a strange one. He suffered a knock on his leg, a dead leg,” he told the Daily Echo.

“But it’s swelled up and the swelling keeps returning.

“We are going to probably get him back to Liverpool this week and hope he can be back very soon.”

Howe believes sending Wilson back to Liverpool to test the injury is the “right thing to do,” and is of course standard practice for loanees who have suffered long-term problems.

The belief at Bournemouth seems to be this won’t be a major issue, but the lack of clarity over Wilson’s swelling could see him out for a lengthier period.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - Wednesday, July 31, 2019: Liverpool's Harry Wilson during a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Genève. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking earlier this month ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Dean Court, Jurgen Klopp discussed the Wales international’s form this campaign, and insisted he would have featured for the Reds if he had stayed on Merseyside.

He highlighted his shooting, and free-kick prowess, as the key positive, but added that “the game is about more and that is what he has to improve and that is clear.”

“To be involved as an offensive player you have to connect with other players,” he continued.

“He has that, it is not like he doesn’t, but to get to the next level, he needs game time at the highest level and that is why we loaned him to Bournemouth.”

This is seemingly a widely held perception of Wilson’s time on the south coast so far, as though he is the Cherries’ top scorer, he will be required to contributed on a more consistent basis on and off the ball to make the grade at Liverpool.

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