November 13, 2017 / 9:34 PM / 10 months ago

Soccer: Liverpool defender Clyne faces another three months out

LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool’s injured England right back Nathaniel Clyne could be sidelined for up to three months more after having back surgery, British media reported on Monday.

Britain Soccer Football - Liverpool v Southampton - Premier League - Anfield - 7/5/17 Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne in action Reuters / Phil Noble Livepic

The former Southampton defender has not played since suffering the injury in a pre-season game against Tranmere Rovers in July, and could now be out until mid-February.

The 26-year-old resumed light training in September but had a setback and the reports said he had undergone “minor, corrective surgery”.

“He was in a good way and then had a little setback. That’s how back problems are,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said earlier this month.

“We showed him to specialists all over the world and it is not a big problem — it just needs time, that is all.”

Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have deputised at right back for Liverpool in Clyne’s absence.

Writing by Ken Ferris; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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