Darwin Nunez injury concern as Liverpool star faces late fitness test

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp still isn’t sure whether Darwin Nunez will be fit to face Nottingham Forest on Saturday after picking up a muscle injury against West Ham. Liverpool have had to contend with a number of injuries throughout the first few months of the campaign.

They suffered another setback last week when Diogo Jota was forced off against Manchester City with the winger set to miss the World Cup due to a calf injury. Klopp is slowly running out of options in attack with Luis Diaz also out of action for several months.

Nunez, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all started together in the recent win over West Ham, along with Fabio Carvalho. The Uruguayan scored the game’s only goal before Klopp brought him off before the hour mark.

Klopp explained after the match that Nunez felt something in his hamstring at half-time, although the Liverpool boss felt confident they “caught him in the right moment”. However, Klopp has now raised doubts on whether Nunez will be fit to face Forest on Saturday.

“He’s one of these we have to check now,” Klopp said. He had treatment yesterday and we willl see.”

There was better news on the injury front for Klopp regarding both Naby Keita and Ibrahima Konate. Keita has missed the entire season so far with a hamstring injury, but both the midfielder and Konate could be in contention to return as early as next week.

“From Monday on Naby and Ibou will both be – if everything goes like planned – will be involved in full team training,” Klopp said. That means from there we count days, but his pre-season starts then more or less.

“Like Ox, Ox was on the bench. I don’t think ready to play last game but he gets closer so he’s one or two weeks ahead of Naby which is very helpful for us. No injuries but two tough games in short succession and the next one coming up so we need to have a closer look at who we can start again or who we can start.

“It’s really close. We only have this session this afternoon, yesterday was recovery for the boys who played the other night and today will be the only session we have.”

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