After a promising start to life in the Bundesliga, Liverpool loanee Sepp van den Berg is now facing a long spell out following a horror ankle injury.
There are high hopes within the club that, upon joining Schalke at the end of the summer transfer window, Van den Berg can further cement himself as a elite-potential young defender.
While only on the fringes of the first team at Liverpool, the Dutchman immediately took up a first-choice role under Frank Kramer at the Arena AufSchalke, starting all four games since arriving in Gelsenkirchen.
Unfortunately, his fourth appears to have been his last for a while, with a shocking turn on his left ankle during a challenge with Augsburg’s Mergim Berisha leaving him needing immediate treatment.
Van den Berg was stretchered off 53 minutes into a 3-2 loss for Schalke and taken straight to hospital, where he received treatment for a potentially serious injury.
Sepp van den Berg befindet sich mit Verdacht auf eine Knöchelverletzung auf dem Weg ins Krankenhaus. Wir drücken dir die Daumen, Sepp! ??
— FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 2, 2022
The extent of his injury is as yet unclear, but Schalke technical director Rouven Schroder has confirmed it is “definitely something serious” for the 20-year-old.
“We know it’s definitely something serious,” he is quoted by Voetbal International.
“It may be a fracture. That would be a big blow to us.”
Elsewhere at the weekend, there were starts for seven other players including Tyler Morton, whose corner led to another goal for Blackburn in their 2-1 win over Millwall.
Left-back Adam Lewis recorded an assist in Newport County’s 2-1 victory against Leyton Orient, while Conor Bradley impressed again in Bolton’s 2-0 triumph over Lincoln.
Fidel O’Rourke led the line for Caernarfon Town as they lost 3-1 to Pontypridd, while goalkeepers Marcelo Pitaluga, Vitezslav Jaros and Jakub Ojrzynski all made starts for their clubs.
Liverpool Loan Watch Roundup
- Tyler Morton (Blackburn) – 90 mins vs. Millwall
- Sepp van den Berg (Schalke) – 53 mins vs. Augsburg
- Conor Bradley (Bolton) – 90 mins vs. Lincoln
- Adam Lewis (Newport County) – 90 mins vs. Leyton Orient, assist
- Marcelo Pitaluga (Macclesfield) – 90 mins vs. Bootle
- Jakub Ojrzynski (Radomiak Radom) – 90 mins vs. Cracovia
- Vitezslav Jaros (Stockport) – 90 mins vs. Walsall
- Fidel O’Rourke (Caernarfon Town) – 90 mins vs. Pontypridd