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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing six month lay-off following knee surgery

15 May 2018

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be lucky to play for the Reds again in 2018, according to a club insider.

But a horribly timed knee injury during the semi-final first-leg against Roma has ruled Chamberlain out of the match, but that doesn't appear to have left the former Arsenal player in a sour mood.

The Premier League club view a return in six months to be a "best case scenario" for the England worldwide, the Liverpool Echo have reported.

Liverpool reporter James Pearce says that after a successful knee operation "Oxlade-Chamberlain, who is now on crutches, has started his rehabilitation programme at Melwood".

Jürgen Klopp will be gutted to have Chamberlain absent for so long, with the 24-year old unlikely to make a return until February.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was originally ruled out for the rest of the season and this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, however reports on Monday say he is likely to remain on the sidelines going in to next season.

Speaking last month, Klopp said: "I've told him already that we will wait for him like a good wife when a man is in prison".

The addition of Naby Keita will strengthen Liverpool's midfield options but the expected departure of Emre Can means that the Reds will need to delve into the transfer market for reinforcements.

Liverpool face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on May 26.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing six month lay-off following knee surgery