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BREAKING: Luis Diaz out for Liverpool until after the World Cup

BREAKING: Luis Diaz out for Liverpool until after the World Cup

The Colombian forward will miss six to eight weeks, meaning he won't feature for Liverpool until after the World Cup.

Liverpool forward Luis Diaz is set to miss most of the rest of the year out injured, following the team's controversial loss to Arsenal at the weekend.

Diaz has been in fine form for Jurgen Klopp's team this season, one of the few players who can claim that, continuing his excellent start to life in the Premier League, after joining back in January.

The forward has three goals and two assists in the league so far this campaign, including setting up Darwin Nunez on Sunday, against Arsenal.

However, he limped off before half time, replaced by Roberto Firmino, having earlier taken a knock in a challenge by Thomas Partey.

According to James Pearce, as well as reports in Colombia, the former Porto star is now set to miss the next six to eight weeks for the Reds.

That will take him beyond November 13th, even at his earliest return, the final game of the campaign before the break for the World Cup.

With Diaz and Colombia having failed to qualify for the tournament in Qatar, it means he won't play again until the Boxing Day fixture against Aston Villa, at the earliest.

The one thing that Klopp might find some solace in is the gap without football, during the World Cup, will give him longer to get up to speed when the season does return.

However, with a busy October and November before the break, the 25-year-old will still miss 10 games in all competitions, including the upcoming weekend's game against Manchester City.

Diaz sits on the pitch before being helped off due to his injury. Image: Alamy
Diaz sits on the pitch before being helped off due to his injury. Image: Alamy

There was further bad news for the Reds on Sunday, with Trent Alexander-Arnold having to be replaced at half time, also due to an injury.

Speaking after the game, Klopp didn't sound too positive about the under pressure right back, saying, "On top of that [Diaz's injury] Trent is bad as well with the ankle.

"[He] twisted the ankle, not good. Trent never, in seven years, went off if he could have played on. He was in too much pain, it started swelling immediately, so we will have to see."

Alexander-Arnold's defensive performances have been questioned in recent weeks, with the 24-year-old not getting any game time for England in the recent international break.

Kyle Walker's injury looked to have given him a way back into Gareth Southgate's plans, but his own knock could once again leave his place on the plane to Qatar in question.

Alexander-Arnold also went off injured. Image: Alamy
Alexander-Arnold also went off injured. Image: Alamy

The injuries will have rubbed salt into the wounds of last season's Premier League winners, as they dropped points for the sixth time in just eight games so far.

Mikel Arteta's side were 1-0 up in the first minute through Gabriel Martinelli, Liverpool got level through Nunez but Bukayo Saka put the home side back ahead before half time.

Once again Liverpool got back to parity, this time when Firmino scored just eight minutes after the start of the second half, but Saka scored a penalty with 14 minutes to go, to wrap up all three points.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Premier League, Luis Diaz, Liverpool, Arsenal