Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart is facing a long injury lay-off after he damaged ligaments in his ankle whilst training on Monday.

As reported by James Pearce of The Echo, Liverpool sent the 22-year-old for a scan after he was injured blocking a shot, and the expected outcome is unlikely to be positive.

Jurgen Klopp, addressing the media, spoke of the bad news:

We lost Kevin Stewart in training. He blocked a shot and his ankle was not stable. It was a bit bruised so we have sent him for a scan. We think it’s the ligament. He trained outstandingly and then this happened. That’s not too good.

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The news will come as a bitter blow to Stewart after he was deservedly earning more playing time in the first team after some fine displays.

He made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at Exeter City in January and made his Premier League debut during the 6-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

He had become a regular in Liverpool’s domestic cup side and there was a good chance of him playing in Thursday’s Europa League clash against Augsburg, but the injury means he won’t even travel with the rest of the squad to Germany.