LIVERPOOL striker Divock Origi has been boosted by the news he should be fit for this summer’s European Championships after learning that he doesn’t need surgery.
The Belgium international’s participation in the tournament had been in serious doubt after he was stretchered off with a ruptured ankle ligament following a dreadful tackle by Everton’s Ramiro Funes Mori in the recent Merseyside derby.
However, a further scan has revealed an operation won’t be necessary, with England-based Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur claiming “Only one of the ankle ligaments is ruptured, (the) second one is fine.”
Origi is still expected to be sidelined for another three weeks – meaning he will miss the rest of the season for Liverpool.
But he is expected to be fit enough to take his place for Belgium’s warm-up games against Switzerland, Finland and Norway ahead of their Euro 2016 opener against Italy on June 13.
The 21-year-old had been in outstanding form prior to his injury, having bagged five goals in as many matches for Liverpool to take his tally for the season into double figures.