Liverpool has been hit by a significant setback as Andy Robertson sustained a shoulder injury during international duty with Scotland.
In the Euro qualifier against Spain on Thursday night, the Reds’ left-back collided with Spain’s goalkeeper, Unai Simon, just before halftime. Robertson, attempting to reach the ball inside the box, was impacted when Simon dropped it and landed directly on Robertson’s shoulder.
The 29-year-old left the field cradling his arm, indicating a potentially severe injury. The extent of the damage is yet to be determined, raising concerns that it might be a dislocated shoulder, which could mean an absence from play until Christmas.
If Robertson faces an extended period on the sidelines, Liverpool will test the capabilities of Kostas Tsimikas as his replacement. Despite considering a left-sided center-back during the summer, Liverpool focused on midfield recruits and granted Tsimikas a new contract last month. However, the Greek player may not be an ideal fit for Liverpool’s hybrid back-three system.
Robertson, a key player for both club and country, started 44 games last season and has played every minute of Liverpool’s current Premier League campaign. His absence would be a significant blow, given his consistent contributions to both teams. The last injury Robertson endured was a knee issue a year ago, causing him to miss four Liverpool games.