Nathaniel Clyne out for Liverpool until February after back surgery

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Liverpool fullback Nathaniel Clyne won’t be back in action until 2018 after undergoing back surgery.

The England international is yet to make a competitive appearance for The Reds this campaign after going down with the problem in a pre-season friendly in July.

The 26-year-old started to make encouraging progress in September, engaging in light runs at Melwood, but won’t be expected to be seen in a Liverpool shirt until late February.

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Youngsters Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have been thrown into the deep end in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne, sharing the workload at right back in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.

Injuries have come thick and fast for a Liverpool side who have made a slightly disjointed start to the campaign, with Senegal international Sadio Mane potentially the latest to be added to the omissions list.

Mane returned to England early after complaining of discomfort during Senegal’s World Cup Qualifier against South Africa.

“It is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

“At this stage, we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”

Mane made an early return for The Reds in the 4-1 thrashing of West Ham, providing two assists for Mohamed Salah despite not looking quite up to speed.

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