Ross Barkley’s frustration finally got the better of him when faced with the cold hard facts after his latest England snub.
"The rate of recovery will be determined by a couple of things," Dr Oussedik said. "The amount of soft-tissue damage - the muscles, tendons, sinews around the area all need to heal. "That is a process that takes four, six, eight weeks for the swelling to come out of the leg, then the focus is on how rapidly the bone is going to heal. "Before you can put him through his paces that bone needs to heal quite firmly. Estimates vary; it depends on the severity of the injury.
The centre half has been in impressive form during a short-team loan deal at Crystal Palace after failing to force his way into Jurgen Klopp's plans at Liverpool this season. Liverpool will once again lay on a private jet to get Brazil pair Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino back from their World Cup qualifier against Paraguay this week.