Timeline for Ben Doak return revealed

Ben Doak has not featured for Jurgen Klopp’s side since November last year, with many wondering when the talented teenager is set to return to the fold.

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Ben Doak has not featured for the Reds since November last year, interrupting what was something of a breakthrough season for the Scotsman.

The teenager picked up a knee injury while playing for Liverpool U21s against Chelsea in December.

It was then disclosed in late last month that the Scot would have to undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee.

Pep Lijnders would later reveal the extent of the injury, saying:

“He teared his lateral meniscus, which needs surgery.”

“That one will take [a] longer time.”

“He is young, he is a fit guy, he is a positive guy so for sure he will come back stronger, and we need him to come back with the same fire he has with the ball, how he was.” 

Now David Lynch for This is Anfield has suggested that Doak could be back before the end of the season.

Doak is said to be aiming for an April return as he continues to battle his way to fitness.

Knee injuries are always sensitive, so hopefully the winger is taking his time to ensure he does not lose any pace or explosiveness.

Ben Doak and the upcoming Euros

As is common knowledge by now, the European Championships will kick off in Germany this coming Sunday.

Scotland have qualified for the tournament and will likely want to improve on their bottom-placed group stage finish in 2020.

Ben Doak will have aspirations of playing in his first major international tournament.

He has racked up 7 caps for the Scotland U21 side, scoring two goals.

Back in December, Scotland boss Steve Clarke said of Doak’s progression:

“I think it’s good for the player [to learn at U21 level].”

“He’s going to get time to develop and come through at his own pace, instead of other people maybe pushing him ahead of where he should be.”

“Give him time to grow into the game. Let him understand the game.”

“He has talents that maybe we don’t have in the squad. But you have to allow young players to develop and find their own game.”

Clarke’s words don’t exactly suggest that Doak is close to the Scotland squad, and his injury makes his chances slimmer.

However, Doak is may just have a small window at the end of the season to show Clarke and co. that he is ready for his first international tournament.

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