LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's number 23 Luis Díaz during a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 17 Liverpool games Luis Diaz could miss if ruled out until March

Reports in Colombia state that Luis Diaz is set to undergo surgery after a recurrence of his knee injury, with Liverpool not expecting him to play again until March.

And although that remains unconfirmed for now, with Jurgen Klopp merely stating the winger was set to undergo further tests on the injury, a timescale of those proportions would see him miss some key games for the Reds.

One of the blessings of this year’s mid-season break for the World Cup was that Diaz, who sustained the injury against Arsenal in October, would only miss a handful of matches.

Earlier this week, he was pictured back in training alongside his Liverpool team-mates on their warm-weather training camp in Dubai, and was initially expected to be ready to return to action later this month.

However, it then emerged on Friday that Diaz was leaving Dubai for treatment, after complaining of discomfort in his knee.

Competitive Liverpool matches up until March

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 16, 2022: Liverpool's injured Luis Díaz before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City (A)Carabao Cup round of 16 – December 22
Aston Villa (A)Premier League – December 26
Leicester (H)Premier League – December 30
Brentford (A)Premier League – January 2
Wolves (H)FA Cup 3rd Round – January 7
TBC – Possible Carabao Cup quarter-final – W/C January 9*
Brighton (A)Premier League – January 14
Chelsea (H)Premier League – January 21
TBC – Possible Carabao Cup semi-final 1st leg – W/C January 23*
TBC – Possible FA Cup 4th Round – Weekend January 28*
TBC – Possible Carabao Cup semi-final 2nd leg – W/C January 30*
Wolves (A)Premier League – February 4
Everton (H)Premier League – February 13
Newcastle (A)Premier League – February 18
Real Madrid (H)Champions League – February 21
Crystal Palace (A)Premier League – February 25
TBC – Possible Carabao Cup final – February 26*

* Matches depend on Liverpool’s progress in competition

So far, the club have remained coy on the extent of the problem, but Colombian journalist Pipe Sierra is the first to report the news of surgery and a likely timescale, writing that the issue is a lateral collateral ligament (LCL).

Sierra also states that Liverpool expect Diaz to return in March. Such a timeframe would mean he will have missed five months of the season by that stage.

Between now and March, the Reds are scheduled to play 12 matches, with that number due to increase depending on their progress in the Carabao Cup and FA Cup.

Diaz will miss the club’s competitive return to action against Man City on December 22, as well as their festive league fixtures against Aston Villa, Leicester and Brentford.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 9, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz goes down injured during the FA Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Later in January they begin their FA Cup campaign against Wolves, before league encounters with the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Newcastle before March.

The first leg of Liverpool’s Champions League meeting with Real Madrid will be played on February 21, but Diaz may have a chance of featuring in the return leg on March 15.

The FA Cup fourth and fifth rounds will also take place before early March, and it should also be noted that Liverpool are three victories away from another Carabao Cup final, which is set for Sunday, February 26, making Diaz a doubt to feature should the Reds get that far.

Diaz’s injury setback is a huge blow for the Reds, especially when you consider that Diogo Jota is not expected to feature again until at least February.