Andy Robertson has revealed that he hasn’t trained properly with Liverpool for the last couple of weeks due to his niggling ankle problem.
The Liverpool defender has withdrawn from the Scotland squad and will miss Euro 2020 qualifiers against Cyprus and Kazakhstan.
Robertson has been nursing an ankle problem for some time but it was aggravated on Sunday following a challenge from Manchester City midfielder Rodri. The Scotland captain still reported for international duty to support his team-mates during their preparations but it had been made clear to him by Liverpool’s medical team that he must take time out to rest.
Speaking to The Daily Record about the problem, Robertson said: “The call has been made and it has been taken out of my hands. It hurts as captain to miss out but I’ve had to be selfish for the first time in my career and let my body rest.
“I’ve had to listen to the people around me when previously I would have told them to beat it. The fact my ankle has swollen up again has made it easier to miss these games.
“For the last two and a half weeks I’ve not trained at all for Liverpool. I’ve trained the day before a game, missed a Champions League game other than the last 15 minutes against Genk and missed Arsenal in the League Cup.
“It’s a niggling injury which won’t go away unless I give it time. If you know Liverpool and our schedule we don’t have time and after suffering another knock against Man City on Sunday it has gotten worse.
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“My ankle was already injured but Rodri tackled me late on in the middle of the park against Manchester City and it opened my ankle up again.
“I was already a doubt but unfortunately that made it even worse and that sealed it. I probably knew that just as it happened.
“For me, when I look back at my career so far I’ve played games I probably shouldn’t have due to injuries and I’ve maybe been lucky not to make it worse.
“I am paid to play football and love playing football but if I keep playing this ankle is going to get worse and will be no use to anyone sitting on a treatment table.
“I said to the manager after the Genk game that the manager at Liverpool didn’t want to take a chance and would put me on the bench.
“The manager knew I was a doubt due to the concerns of my club but I told him I would be up with the lads before the team flies out to Cyprus.”
It’s a similar problem to Mo Salah’s ankle situation. Both players are a doubt for Liverpool’s game away to Crystal Palace on Saturday 27th November but that’s some way off so we’d sit back and wait and see what comes out of Anfield over the coming weeks before ruling them out.