Liverpool FC striker Divock Origi will miss the rest of the Premier League campaign and won’t even be ready for a potential Europa League final.
The Belgian youngster was in excellent form scoring five goals in his last five games, but was stamped on by Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori in Wednesday’s Merseyside Derby.
A Thursday scan has already confirmed a sprained ankle and ligament damage, but Origi is due for another scan on Friday to determine the extent of the damage.
Word came out from the Origi family on Thursday night that he was hopeful of getting ready sooner, perhaps pushing himself to make the Europa League final, if Liverpool beats Villarreal in the semi-finals.
However medical expert point out that ligament damage takes longer to heal and Origi would be in a race against time to fight fit for Belgium’s Euro 2016 campaign. If the damage is more severe then he will miss out on the tournament and instead prepare for the start of next season.
Liverpool haven’t made an official announcement yet, but on Friday morning local newspaper the Echo has learnt that the club don’t expect Origi to return this season.
This means Christian Benteke will have a chance to restake a claim in the starting eleven after he soon returns from his own injury. Benteke will be expected to feature in Premier League games soon, while Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino will mostly likely be trusted for the Europa League.