Marko Grujic has been rocked by an untimely injury setback in his spell with Hertha Berlin.
The Liverpool midfielder joined the Bundesliga club on a season-long loan in August in search of regular first-team football.
He is now set for an extended spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage during Hertha’s 4-2 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Grujic saw his fourth appearance for the club end prematurely when he was forced off in the 72nd minute after being caught high on his right ankle by Gladbach’s Patrick Herrmann.
Speaking after the game, general manager Michael Preetz told Hertha’s official website: “Marko has managed to make a significant difference to our game in the short time he has been with us, which is why the loss for him personally and for us is very, very bitter.”
Unfortunately, Marko Grujic sustained an ankle ligament rupture in today's game.
— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) September 22, 2018
Grujic’s injury blow arrives amid his efforts to settle down and impose his influence in view of a future back on Merseyside.
The Serbian was handed a new long-term contract with the Reds prior to his summer move, with Jurgen Klopp evidently still optimistic he has the potential to force a way into his plans.
A spell with Cardiff City over the second half of last season proved valuable senior experience, with Grujic having picked up where he left off to make a bright early impression in Germany.
Further examination is likely to determine whether he will return to Melwood for treatment or remain with Hertha in hope of returning to play a prominent role later in the season.
We wish him all the best in his recovery.