International boss provides fitness update on player he's sent back to Liverpool early

Sam Preston November 18, 2020
International boss provides fitness update on player he's sent back to Liverpool early
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Liverpool are currently in the middle of a defensive injury crisis.

Joel Matip is likely to be partnered by an inexperienced player against Leicester on Sunday.

Rhys Williams is as likely to play as anyone, but was left out of the England Under 21 squad for last night’s game against Albania.

As per the Liverpool Echo, Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd says he sent Williams home early as he had a minor injury.

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“He had a very minor stiff hip,” Boothroyd said of Williams. “It was in his best interests to get him back to Liverpool. 

“With all the players, if there’s any potential injuries or niggles then our medical staff is in contact with the club.

“Rhys wasn’t actually on the bench so I thought the best thing was to get him back to Liverpool.”

Liverpool can ill afford to lose Williams, which would leave Nat Phillips as the main option to keep Jamie Vardy and co quiet.

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It sounds like Williams should be okay for the weekend, and Liverpool will be relieved that Boothroyd didn’t make him play through the pain.

England won 5-0 last night at Molineux, so they got by just fine without Williams.

He will be crucial in the weeks to come with the fixtures mounting up and Jurgen Klopp shorn of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

The German will be hoping that hip stiffness doesn’t offer a barrier to selecting Williams on Sunday.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.