Sadio Mane will not travel with Liverpool on our pre-season tour of Hong Kong, the Independent report.
Our flying winger, purchased from Southampton last summer, injured his meniscus against Everton in April and hasn’t played for us since.
It was hoped that by the summer Mane would be fit and firing but his rehabilitation is taking longer than expected.
Jurgen Klopp though, is by no means worried.
“He is really, really good. He is close; he is closing on coming back to team training,” Klopp said.
“In this moment we think it will be when we are in Asia, so then it makes no sense to take him to Asia because he needs to then do the first steps in kind of team training.
“We will see how we can do it; maybe [some of] the U23s will be here, so when he can start this [training] then we can use this opportunity, but we have to wait.”
Mane scored 13 Premier League goals for Liverpool last term during an excellent debut campaign, and is expected to form a two-pronged wing-attack with Mo Salah in 2017/18.
Klopp reminded fans that due to the Senegalese’s excellent natural fitness, he’ll return to a high level with little fuss.
“There is no risk with him because he is a naturally-fit boy and in the moment when he can start to be a real part of the sessions, he will then immediately be fit again,” he continued.
“We have not all the time in the world, but we have time and we will use it.”