Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart suffers suspected ankle ligament damage in training

Liverpool's Kevin Stewart could be set for a lengthy spell out injured after suffering suspected ankle ligament damage in first-team training earlier this week, manager Jürgen Klopp has confirmed.

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart suffers suspected ankle ligament damage in training
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Kevin Stewart is set to spend a spell on the sidelines with a serious ankle injury sustained in first-team training earlier in the week, Jürgen Klopp has revealed.

The Liverpool midfielder made his Barclays Premier League debut away at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon as six different goalscorers hit the back of the net in a comprehensive 6-0 win at Villa Park.

The 22-year-old's maiden league cameo was reward for his rapid rise through the Reds' ranks since returning from a loan spell at League One's Swindon Town, but in the club's latest injury setback, the holding midfielder could be out for a lengthy spell.

Stewart was expected to make his European debut for the club in their UEFA Europa League Last 32 first-leg clash with FC Augsburg on Thursday night, despite being unregistered, but was unable to fly out to Germany because of his injury.

He picked up the knock after attempting to block a shot and rolling the ankle, with Klopp revealing that the club's medical staff are fearing ligament damage.

Reds boss disappointed with Stewart injury

Stewart has earned plenty of praise from Klopp for his recent performances. (Picture: Getty Images)
Stewart has earned plenty of praise from Klopp for his recent performances. (Picture: Getty Images)

"We lose Kevin Stewart in training," admitted the German, who explained that he "blocked a shot and his ankle was not stable."

He further said that Stewart's ankle "was a bit bruised" and said they have "sent him for a scan" to reveal the full extent of the problem, though he admitted: "We think it's the ligament."

Klopp rued that the youngster has "trained outstandingly" and said: "Then this happened" and accepted that it's "not too good" for the team given his recent form for the senior side.

Issuing a full fitness update, Klopp also admitted that Lucas Leiva will be back into the side for their trip to Germany to take on Bundesliga outfit Augsburg after a slight hamstring knock.

However, Adam Lallana's calf problem will keep him out after he missed their win at Villa, with Klopp saying that Lucas "is back fit" but that the Englishman "has no chance for Thursday's game."