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Joel Matip | Defensemen | #32

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/8/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 198

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Joel Matip is progressing nicely as he continues to build fitness following his recovery from an injury setback.
The Liverpool defender spent almost four months on the sidelines after undergoing thigh surgery before limping off just 22 minutes into his first-team comeback game. But on Wednesday, Matip came through a 60-minute behind-close-doors workout at Melwood as the Reds put five past a West Ham academy side. The game also included Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge who all managed to get on the scoresheet while Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno and Fabinho were handed some valuable game time. Liverpool don’t play again until Monday and it’s uncertain whether Jurgen Klopp will risk Matip at Selhurst Park, although a place on the bench appears more realistic at this stage with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez continuing in the heart of defense. Ragnar Klavan [hamstring] was not involved, suggesting this weekend will come too soon, and Dejan Lovren remains sidelined due to an abdominal injury which was exacerbated during the World Cup this summer. Aug 16 - 5:45 AM

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