Liverpool defender Joel Matip could return to action sooner than expected, according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Matip missed Saturday's 5-1 win at Brighton due to a thigh injury sustained in the recent victory at Stoke, and it was initially feared he could be sidelined for the entire Christmas fixture schedule.
The Cameroon international will not be back for this week's Champions League clash against Spartak Moscow and seems likely to miss Sunday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.
"He has hurt his muscle. I don't know how long exactly he'll be out, but he's definitely not playing Wednesday," Klopp told Liverpool's website.
"A month? No, I don't think so. But as always, it's possible. We have to wait. But it's possible that it will be shorter. We will see."
Klopp was forced to start with midfield pair Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can in a makeshift three-man defence at Brighton.
"Emre needs to do that, like Gini can do that. They have to do it, we don't have anybody else," Klopp added.
"I enjoyed it. It was like, 'Wow, interesting'. We had 20 minutes in training and then we spoke for a little bit in the team meeting before the game again about it.
"But it's not long. It was clear it wouldn't be perfect, but the boys were ready to cope with the difficulties of the new system. They did really well."
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Adam Lallana has been included in the Liverpool squad travelling to Spain for the Champions League clash with Sevilla on Tuesday.
The England midfielder, yet to play in a competitive game this season, has been stepping up his recovery from a thigh injury.
Defender Joel Matip does not feature after he was absent from Saturday's 3-0 Premier League victory over Southampton due to a groin problem.
Another man included in the 23-man squad - announced by the Merseyside club on their official website on Monday - is striker Danny Ings, who has made only one first-team appearance so far this term.
Liverpool top Champions League Group E with eight points, one more than second-placed Sevilla, and will qualify for the next round with a win on Tuesday, or with a draw if Spartak Moscow lose at home to Maribor.
Jurgen Klopp's Reds head into the contest at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium on a winning streak that extended to four matches in all competitions with the result against Southampton.
The only game Sevilla have not won in their last five was a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he "feels really good" on his return to work after he was admitted to hospital earlier this week.
The German underwent a series of checks before being discharged on Wednesday evening.
"I feel really good. I am 50 now - maybe I need to get used to it but I've been twice already in a British hospital," he said at his press conference to preview Saturday's match against Southampton.
"The NHS is not as bad as you think. I am not ill, which is kind of good news.
"You should not experience as a person in public to go to a hospital - it was not a marketing thing. I had people shouting 'Klopp is in hospital, did you see him?'"
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp returned to work on Thursday after his health scare.
The German was discharged from hospital on Wednesday evening having been admitted for tests earlier in the day after feeling unwell, forcing him to miss the first team's training session.
However, after a night at home it is understood the 50-year-old was back at Melwood on Thursday.
Liverpool Under-23s coach Neil Critchley insists they will not be "rolling out the red carpet" for England Under-17 World Cup-winner Rhian Brewster.
The teenager is set to make his return to domestic football in the Premier League International Cup match against Newcastle at Tranmere's Prenton Park on Friday.
Brewster was back at the club's Kirkby Academy on Tuesday for his first training session since finishing top scorer at the tournament in India and Critchley is keen to ensure it is business as usual for the 17-year-old.
"There's certainly no red carpet rolled out for him here," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"The experienced staff we've got here, good people with the right values, won't be getting carried away.
"There are a few people in the dressing room who will be keeping a lid on it so he won't be getting too big for his boots.
"He's not that type of boy anyway but, if he did, then we'd certainly nip that in the bud.
"There will be no issues with him, we'll have no problems.
"He'll come back in and he'll be the same happy, humble boy he was before he went away."
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