Defender on sidelines as Liverpool headed to La Manga

Date published: Thursday 16th February 2017 11:35

Dejan Lovren: Has extended his stay at Liverpool

Dejan Lovren: Has extended his stay at Liverpool

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren was missing as Liverpool headed out to Spain for a warm weather training camp on Wednesday.

The Croatia star has not featured since the 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea in late January, missing the defeat to Hull and the much needed win over Tottenham after picking up a knee problem.

Press Association Sport reported that he remained on Merseyside to continue his treatment at the club’s Melwood training complex.

However, midfielder Lucas, who has deputised at the heart of defence in Lovren’s absence, was on the flight to La Manga.

The Brazilian was forced off late on in the win over Spurs and there were initial worries that he may have sustained a hamstring injury, but the 30-year-old recovered sufficiently to take part in the five-day break.

Other expected absentees were Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan (both knee) and midfielders Ovie Ejaria (ankle) and Marko Grujic (hamstring).

A number of youngsters also travelled as Reds chief Jurgen Klopp plans to work with a squad of around 25 players for the time they are away.

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