Liverpool loanee facing lengthy layoff after horror ankle injury – Liverpool FC

After a promising start to life in the Bundesliga, Liverpool loan Sepp van den Berg is now facing a lengthy run following a horrific ankle injury.

There are high hopes within the club that, by joining Schalke at the end of the summer transfer window, Van den Berg can further establish himself as a potential elite young defender.

While only on the fringes of the first team at Liverpool, the Dutchman immediately stepped into a first-choice role under Frank Kramer at the Arena AufSchalke, starting all four games since arriving in Gelsenkirchen.

Unfortunately, his fourth appears to have been his last for a while, with a shocking twist to his left ankle during a challenge with Augsburg’s Mergim Berisha leaving him in need of immediate treatment.

Van den Berg was carried off on a stretcher 53 minutes into a 3–2 loss to Schalke and taken straight to hospital, where he received treatment for a potentially serious injury.

The extent of his injury is still unclear, but Schalke manager Rouven Schroder has confirmed it is “definitely something serious” for the 20-year-old.

“We know that it is definitely something serious,” he is quoted by Voetbal International.

“It could be a fracture. That would be a big blow for us.”

2JNBJ5H Blackburn Rovers' Tyler Morton during the Carabao Cup, first round match at Ewood Park, Blackburn.  Picture date: Wednesday August 10, 2022.

Elsewhere in the weekend, seven other players started, including Tyler Morton, whose corner kick led to another goal for Blackburn in their 2-1 win over Millwall.

Left-back Adam Lewis recorded an assist in Newport County’s 2-1 win against Leyton Orient, while Conor Bradley impressed again in Bolton’s 2-0 victory over Lincoln.

Fidel O’Rourke led the Caernarfon Town line that lost 3-1 to Pontypridd, while goalkeepers Marcelo Pitaluga, Vitezslav Jaros and Jakub Ojrzynski all started for their clubs.

However, it was a quiet period for the Liverpool loan-outs as James Balagizi, Owen Beck, Billy Koumetio and Max Woltman did not feature.

Liverpool Loan Clock Summary

2JRCMAN Bolton Wanderers?  Conor Bradley in action during the Carabao Cup Second Round at Bolton University Stadium, Bolton.  Picture date: Tuesday August 23, 2022.

Tyler Morton (Blackburn) – 90 mins vs. Millwall Sepp van den Berg (Schalke) – 53 mins vs. Augsburg Conor Bradley (Bolton) – 90 mins vs. Lincoln Adam Lewis (Newport County) – 90 mins vs. Leyton Orient, assist Marcelo Pitaluga ( Macclesfield) – 90 mins v Bootle Jakub Ojrzynski (Radomiak Radom) – 90 mins v Krakow Vitezslav Jaros (Stockport) – 90 mins v Walsall Fidel O’Rourke (Caernarfon Town) – 90 mins v Pontypridd

Unused: Owen Beck, James Balagizi, Billy Koumetio, Max Woltman, Jack Bearne, Anderson ArroyoInjured: Rhys Williams, Paul GlatzelSuspended: Leighton Clarkson

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