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Fabinho out until the New Year, Liverpool confirm

Fabinho suffered an ankle injury during Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Napoli. The club confirmed that he will miss next month's key games, including the Club World Cup

Fabinho out until the New Year, Liverpool confirm
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Liverpool confirmed this afternoon that midfielder Fabinho will be sidelined until the New Year. The Brazilian midfielder limped out of Wednesday's Champions League meeting with Napoli after colliding with Hirving Lozano on 19 minutes. Liverpool's medical staff decided against running tests on Fabinho's injured ankle until the swelling had subsided, the player was examined by doctors this morning. While the club has not issued a detailled medical report to reveal the exact nature of the injury, they have confirmed that Fabinho will not play again this year and will start his rehabilitation in Melwood next week.

It's an untimely blow for Jürgen Klopp as he will be without one of his top-performing players for a hectic month of key fixtures including the Merseyside derby, the Club World Cup and the final matchday of the Champions League with the Reds requiring a draw at least away at Salzburg on 10 December if they are to progress to the next round.

Liverpool's Fabinho reacts after sustaining an ankle injury during the Napoli game

Liverpool's statement on Fabinho

Liverpool can confirm Fabinho suffered ankle ligament damage during the Champions League encounter with Napoli in midweek. The midfielder needed to be substituted after 18 minutes of the 1-1 draw at Anfield on Wednesday night after falling awkwardly during a challenge.

Further assessment on the injury has discovered Fabinho will be out of action until the New Year. The Brazilian will begin a rehabilitation programme with the Reds’ medical team at Melwood as he works his way back to full fitness.

The games Fabinho will miss

4.12.19 Liverpool - Everton

7.12.19 Bournemouth - Liverpool

10.12.19 Red Bull Salzburg - Liverpool

14:12.19 Liverpool - Watford

18.12.19 Monterrey or the winner of Al-Sadd v Hienghène Sport - Liverpool

21.12.19 Club World Cup Final*

26.12.19 Leicester City - Liverpool

29.12.19 Liverpool - Wolves

*Should they win the semi-final on 18 December