Liverpool star Fabinho says he is “unsure” how long he will be missing from the first team through injury.
The versatile Brazilian has been sidelined with a muscle problem for the last three games.
Jurgen Klopp initially hoped the player would be back for Sunday’s tussle with Manchester City. However, comments from Fabinho earlier this week have cast doubt on that.
Fabinho told Liverpool’s official matchday programme: “I had a slight discomfort in training so we decided that I shouldn’t play against Tottenham or West Ham.
“I started undergoing my recovery straightaway and I’m feeling a lot better than I was at the start of last week. Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to come back for these games we have coming up.
“We’re not exactly sure how long I will be out but I’m working hard to be back playing as soon as possible.”
Fabinho, 27, has been sorely missed at centre-back and his more natural midfield position.
He has made 17 Premier League starts this season and has been Klopp’s go to man to fill in at centre-back after injuries to Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk.
Confidence will return
Speaking before the 1-0 defeat to Brighton, Fabinho was sure the confidence would return for the champions.
Klopp’s side wobbled again, though, in a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton, leaving them seven points adrift of table-topping Manchester City.
Fabinho added: “We know the quality of this team. Of course, we have had a few players out this season with injuries and coronavirus. But we know that we have the quality to be in a better position in the league table.
“The confidence will come back for sure and we just have to keep working hard because the quality is there. Sometimes you have difficult times in football and you just have to be together, work hard and do everything you can to win because you know the results can turn around just as quickly.”