New Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will miss the start of the season after he broke his hand while attempting to punch a teammate, The Mirror reports.
The Germany U21 international who joined the Reds this summer from Mainz, was expected to start the season as number 1 for Liverpool, but with his injury, he isn’t expected back in action for another two months at the very least.
The development will most likely mean Jurgen Klopp will begin the season with Simon Mignolet as number 1, just as it was last season.
Karius was signed for £4.7million from Bundesliga club Mainz, and had already been assigned the number 1 jersey.
He suffered the injury during the 1-0 loss to Chelsea in a pre-season friendly in the United States on Wednesday night, when he attempted to clear a cross and instead slammed his fist into the head of team-mate Dejan Lovren.
He has now been flown home as a result as he prepares to go under the knife.
The 23-year old would have been hoping to establish himself as the club’s number 1, but will have to wait until October before he can return to action.
The Reds have also signed 39-year old former Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Manninger and he is most likely going to be the back-up ‘keeper to Mignolet while Karius is away.