Liverpool star Nathaniel Clyne out until February

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"That's how back problems are", Klopp said on November 3.

It looks as though Nathaniel Clyne's injury torment is set to continue for some more months.

The Independent report that the 26-year-old still hopes to make England's squad for the World Cup, despite not playing since the end of last season and now facing the prospect of being sidelined until February at the earliest.

Clyne was Klopp's most-used player prior to injury, featuring in 37 of the Reds' 38 league games last season, with little backup for the England worldwide. He was on a good way, then a little setback.

Clyne will hope to regain fitness and form by the time the summer comes around, with him undoubtedly harbouring ambitions of featuring in the World Cup in Russian Federation with Gareth Southgate's England squad.

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Clyne reportedly travelled to London with a member of the club's medical staff for corrective surgery on Monday.

Clyne's injury has meant Gomez, who hadn't played regular first-team football in nearly two years, has been first-choice right-back and fourth-choice centre-back in Klopp's depleted defensive options.

"I am told it will be longer than just a couple of weeks, so we will continue to monitor and assess".

His problem was always viewed as long-term as he was left out of Liverpool's Champions League squad submitted to UEFA at the start of the season, and a three-month lay-off could mean he misses out again when the window opens for amendments in January.

"In his case because it was a little sign again from the back, we took him out and it's a few steps back again".

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