Emre Can struggling to be fit for Champions League final

Liverpool holding midfielder Emre Can has undergone an inconclusive scan on the back injury that threatens to keep him out of the Champions League final, according to the Telegraph.

With fellow midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana both sidelined, Jurgen Klopp’s options in the park are limited as it is and the German could do with having his versatile compatriot as an option.

What’s the latest, then?

The report states that the inconclusive nature of the scan means that he requires further tests with a view to returning to training next week ahead of the showdown with Real Madrid in Kiev on 26 May.

It goes on to say that Can is still in his native Germany, receiving treatment on the back problem, and will only be able to return to Merseyside next Monday at the very earliest.

A return at that stage would give Can under two weeks to prove his fitness and if he doesn’t make the final, he reportedly may have played his last game for the Reds as his contract will expire at the end of the season.

Klopp should swallow his pride for midfield cover

Liverpool fans are a proud bunch and it is unlikely they would take Can back in with open arms. However, Klopp may need to be more practical.

James Milner, Gigi Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson are his only three midfield options which means he has been unable to give the trio the necessary rest in the lead-up to the final.

Can could offer a real alternative off the bench in the final if Liverpool have to protect a lead or if they are struck down with another injury blow in the engine room, the German international could come on and help avoid a tactical reshuffle.