Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is facing a race against time to be back to full fitness in time for the Reds’ trip to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park after aggravating an existing injury whilst away on international duty with Germany.
After initially sustaining a back problem in Liverpool’s game against Watford on the 17th of March, Can decided to link up with the German national squad and play through it but after being unable to take part in the German’s 1-1 draw with Spain late last week, the decision was taken to cut his stay with Germany short.
Having now returned to Merseyside for intensive treatment, the midfielder will face a battle against the clock to be fit and ready to go for the visit to SE25 over Easter weekend, with Roy Hodgson and co. no doubt quietly hoping that the game comes a little too early for the 24-year-old to be involved.
Whilst Jurgen Klopp was quick to play down the extent of Can’s back complaint prior to the international break getting underway, there is a chance that he pushed himself too far in training in a bid to win a place in the side against Spain and is now paying the price, leaving the Reds’ medical team scrambling to aid his recovery in the few days that are left before the game kicks off.
Given the Merseysiders’ ongoing battle with Manchester United for second place, you can safely assume that a great deal of the media coverage in the build-up to the clash will focus on their tactical approach but in truth, it is a fixture which holds a huge amount of importance for both clubs.
After our victory away at Huddersfield last time out, another triumph over Liverpool would set us up perfectly for the final six games of the campaign, all of which, on paper at least, look to be winnable.
You’d assume that the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane will be more than enough to give Liverpool the win they so badly want but with every setback, Palace’s players are given a little more hope of upsetting the applecart.