James Pearce delivers massive Andy Robertson injury boost despite confirmation of ankle ligament damage

James Pearce reports that Andy Robertson will miss the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season due to ankle ligament damage but will be back in a matter of weeks.

The Scotsman took to Twitter to Twitter on Monday evening to report that scans had revealed he had suffered ankle ligament damage.

He wrote: “Thanks to everyone for the kind messages and support. Scan suggests nothing too major but there’s some ligament damage which will need to mend.

“I will be grafting every day so I can help the team again sooner rather than later. Good luck to the boys playing tonight #YNWA.”

Writing for the Athletic, James Pearce reports: “The results alleviated fears over a fracture but he’s still facing a spell on the sidelines.

“Although there is no definitive timeline on his return at this stage, sources have told The Athletic that he will be out for “weeks rather than months.”

This is hugely positive news for the Reds as Robbo is a hugely important player for Liverpool.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool reacts with pain after a challenge during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

Robertson’s injury is not as bad as it seems

This is for another reason – Kostas Tsimikas was once again in fine form this pre-season, picking up another assist against Osasuna, take his tally for this summer to three.

The 25-year-old is more than ready to take his chance in the starting lineup and having been at pre-season from day one, his stamina and energy will be at a very high level.

This is the best the Greek has looked since arriving at Anfield and it really looks as though he’s ready to kick on and push Robbo for that starting spot.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: Konstantinos Tsimikas of Liverpool takes a corner kick during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Osasuna at Anfield on August 9, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Konstantinos Tsimikas of Liverpool takes a corner kick during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Osasuna at Anfield on August 9, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

While virtually nobody is expecting Tsimikas to keep his place in the starting XI when Robertson returns from the treatment table, if the Greek left-back can make a real impression on Jurgen Klopp, there’s no reason why the German cannot be left with a genuine selection headache.

With Liverpool set to compete in the UEFA Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup, Tsimikas is going to be very important for the Reds if they have any chance of competing on all fronts.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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