What Liverpool have told Brazil about Fabinho injury as expected return date emerges

Liverpool star Fabinho looks set to return after the international break, following his hamstring injury. The Brazilian was forced off in the 2-0 win over FC Midtjylland in the Champions League a week ago as Liverpool’s centre-back crisis deepened.

Fabinho had been filling in for Virgil van Dijk at the heart of defence, following the news that he required knee surgery.

The former Monaco man helped ease Jurgen Klopp’s fears as the Reds recorded wins over Ajax and Sheffield United.

However, they were dealt a major blow against the Danish Superliga club when Fabinho hit the deck clutching his hamstring.

Luckily for the Premier League champions, the injury does not seem as bad as first feared.

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According to The Athletic, Fabinho is in line to return after the upcoming international break.

Liverpool reporter James Pearce said on the Red Agenda Podcast: “I think he’ll be back straight after the international break. That’s the hope.

“Brazil were informed that he wouldn’t be fit enough to go away on international duty.

“Klopp seemed pretty hopeful last week that he’d be able to use the international break to regain full fitness, so not as bad as initially feared.”

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Liverpool boss Klopp took a swipe at Brazil Tite after Fabinho pulled up, claiming that the 27-year-old never gets minutes for his country anyway.

“I’m not sure if Tite’s too worried because he plays him never so he will probably now not sit on the bench for the next three international games,” Klopp said.

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The Brazil manager then responded to the comments, telling Jovempan: “Klopp and I have the same thinking and the same scale of values. The health of athletes is essential. It is human.

“The use is secondary, just as sport is secondary when we talk about health, when we talk about people, when we talk about something that is bigger.

“We have this same idea and way of watching football.”

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