Liverpool hit with injury blow

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen could be forced to miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury.

The Welsh international has been hampered with shoulder pains since November, and has been told having surgery would force him out for the remainder of Liverpool’s campaign.

“It requires another operation which is a bitter blow. These things happen in football, unfortunately, and it will keep me out for around three months when I do get the operation done,” Allen told Sky Sports News.

However, the midfielder was quick to insist he wasn’t using the injury as a justification for his recent performances, after coming under criticism from some Liverpool fans.

“I’m not looking to use it as an excuse. It’s something that has deteriorated recently and it has got to a stage where an operation is all that can resolve it,” he added.

“It’s not an ideal situation, but a player carrying an injury throughout the football season is part and parcel of the game and you come to expect it.”

Allen has been slow to impress Liverpool fans after his £15million transfer from Swansea in the summer, but Reds fans will be wanting to have a fully fit squad as they challenge for 5th place in the Premier League.

Despite coming on in the 3-2 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, Allen isn’t expected to start in Saturday’s home game against Southampton, and may not feature at all with Wales facing important games against Scotland and Croatia in the World Cup qualifiers next week.

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