Liverpool are expected to be without Emre Can for next week’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester City due to injury, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Germany international has not played since mid-March due to a back problem, and it is believed that the injury will keep him out of next Tuesday’s crucial fixture.
BBC Sport claims, though, that it may not be the end of Can’s season as the club are hopeful that he will return to fitness before the campaign comes to a close in May.
Some Liverpool fans have not been too happy with the former Bayer Leverkusen star due to the uncertainty over his future at Anfield.
The midfielder’s current contract expires this summer, and at the moment, there are no indications that the 24-year-old is going to pen fresh terms.
This latest injury update has led some supporters to question whether there is a hidden meaning to his absence, while others are concerned about how it will impact team selection next week.
Many were hoping that Can would fill in for Jordan Henderson, who will miss the fixture due to suspension.
Just coincidental the timing after the whole interview about wanting to join a bigger team, faking injuries perhaps? Sounds like Coutinho’s situation way way too much
— Joe☺︎ (@xnxrchy) April 6, 2018
What is @LucasLeiva87 doing next Tuesday?
— Sam Berrett (@MrSamBerrett) April 6, 2018
Can’t believe our so call fans calling Can a snake because he is injured. He can leave on a free end of season so why on earth would he fake an injury. And would he really do it for our biggest game of the season?
— Hefty Horse (@heftyhorse) April 6, 2018
Bet he has signed for City the absolute snake.. Will recover miraculously after City if he wants… 🐍 @LFC .. I believe Klopp knew it. See Klopp's comments downplaying his injury before international break. Saying he'll be ok for Germany. Lol. Coutinho mark II.
— Clancy (@clancyclancy9) April 6, 2018
Or has Can been told by his agent that his new club don’t want him ‘too injured’ before the transfer?
— Jackson To (@jacksonto888) April 6, 2018
One hell of a back injury ….
— Will Moriarty (@will_moriarty) April 6, 2018
It’s going down hill fast isn’t it?
— mainstand red (@mainstandred) April 6, 2018
So Can has signed a contract with Juve then in other words.
— BarryBlue84© (@DarrylPinkard) April 6, 2018
The closer to a transfer they get, the more fragile they get
— Michael Hamann (@michaelhamann) April 6, 2018