Luis Diaz has not played for Liverpool since the beginning of October, but he is now closing in on the wing. In fact, the 26-year-old could be in his first team squad in almost six months’ time this weekend!
Colombian journalist claims so Diego Rueda Wednesday afternoon. He writes that compatriot Diaz could be in the squad for Saturday’s match against Bournemouth in the Premier League, and he could also get minutes against Real Madrid in the Champions League in a week.
Diaz suffered a ligament injury in his left knee when Thomas Partey tackled him in the first half of Liverpool’s away match against Arsenal in October and had to be substituted minutes later. On October 10, it was reported that the winger had escaped surgery. The Colombian had made such progress so far that he was already running on the grass and training with teammates with the ball during training camp in Dubai – but on December 9 came the bad news of a relapse. He was sent home to Merseyside, and underwent surgery the next day.
You can get a soft start
It has previously been suggested that the first leg against Manchester City on April 1 would be a more realistic target for Diaz’s return, as it comes after a long hiatus.
If Diaz makes the squad for one of the two remaining matches before the 17-day break, it is unlikely to be from the start. And as Liverpool’s front three delivered recently, with Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota at the back in addition, the need for Diaz is not as precarious now as it was two months ago.
Liverpool will meet Bournemouth away from home next Saturday at 1:30 pm.
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