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.
Sepp van den Berg is on his way to hospital with a suspected ankle injury. Fingers crossed for you Sepp! ??
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– FC Schalke 04 (@s04) October 2, 2022
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.”
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
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