Liverpool star Emre Can a major doubt for Champions League final after scan on back injury fails to reveal problem
- Emre Can is losing his battle to be fit for the Champions League final this month
- The Liverpool midfielder is still undergoing treatment in his native Germany
- But latest scan on back injury means he will not return to Liverpool until Monday
- Liverpool play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Ukraine on May 26
Emre Can is losing his bid to be fit for Liverpool’s Champions League final against Real Madrid.
The midfielder underwent a scan on an ongoing back problem on Monday, but the results have come back inconclusive and now further tests are required before he can return to training.
He will now remain in Germany until next week at the earliest, which gives him a maximum of just two weeks to prove his fitness to Jurgen Klopp ahead of the final in Kiev on May 26.
Liverpool star Emre Can is facing the prospect of missing this month’s Champions League final
Can’s absence will come as a big blow to Klopp because the indications at the end of last week were that he would be able to return to training sooner rather than later.
He said on Friday: ‘Emre will be assessed on Monday to check how it has improved. He has done a lot of things and it feels really good but in the end you always need a doctor to tell you: “Now it’s fine, now you can go again”.
‘That’s the situation. I think he will have a scan and then we will know more.’
The Germany midfielder has not played for Liverpool since mid-March due to a back injury
Can has not played for the Reds since the middle of March and with his contract set to expire at the end of the summer, it is entirely possible that he has already played his last game for the club.
Liverpool have been working hard to convince him to stay but the expectation now is that he will leave on a free transfer with Serie A champions Juventus favourites to sign him.
There is no indication at this stage whether he is a doubt for the World Cup, but any lingering concerns over his fitness is likely to make Germany manager Joachim Low consider other options for his squad.