“I’m already healed, thank God. I’ll probably train [on Thursday],” he explained.
“Then all being well I’ll be ready not for the next game but the one after that. So all great.”
According to The Athletic, the club would require special dispensation from the Premier League, due to Gakpo’s work permit application not able to be submitted until January 1 and the Eredivisie transfer window not opening until January 2.
More simply, the return of Firmino would be a major positive as the No. 9 struck an impressive run of form in the first half of the season.
Starting 16 of his 21 appearances, the 31-year-old scored nine goals and laid on four assists, with his omission from the Brazil squad for the World Cup considered a shock.
“Of course it was frustrating not being called up to the World Cup, but as I’ve said before that’s part of God’s plan and I am following God’s plan,” Firmino added.
“It really does motivate me more and more not having gone to the World Cup so I will work hard to get back into the Selecao.”