Liverpool loanee suffers injury setback, forcing club into transfer hunt

Liverpool loanee Rhys Williams could miss the season opener at loan club Aberdeen as the centre-back faces an indefinite injury.

One of nine Liverpool players currently on loan, Williams is hoping to help his longtime Aberdeen teammate Leighton Clarkson break through.

However, the 22-year-old has already suffered a setback in Scotland as he was sidelined with persistent back and calf problems.

Williams played against Turriff United in the Dons’ first friendly and played 45 minutes in the 9-0 win, but has since missed defeat to Fraserburgh FC and loss to Preston.

Aberdeen manager Barry Robson revealed at the weekend it was the result of a setback the club “don’t know how long will last”.

“Rhys had back issues all the way up to his calves,” Robson explained.

“So he had to go back and start his training program again.”

According to the Daily Record, Williams and fellow centre-back Angus MacDonald are doubtful of facing Livingston in the season opener on August 5.

Right-back Nicky Devlin has had to replace the centre-back alongside youngster Jack Milne and squad player Jack MacKenzie, with Aberdeen eyeing the transfer market.

“We know the situation with the centre-backs,” the manager continued.

“We know there is a problem, but it is being resolved and hopefully we will hear from you soon.

“We will just have to wait and see if the injured players start the season, but hopefully we will have other players soon who can help them.”

Although Williams is believed to be seen as a key starter by Aberdeen, uncertainty over his fitness has already led to a search for reinforcements.

With not even a timeframe for his recovery, it’s far from an ideal situation for the defender so soon after his move.

Williams isn’t the only Liverpool mercenary to have struggled with an injury this summer. Owen Beck lost Dundee’s 1-0 defeat at Airdrieonians on Saturday via a blow.

Beck, who has already made his competitive debut in a 1-0 win over Bonnyrigg Rose in the Viaplay Cup, should be fit again for Dumbarton’s next group match on Wednesday.

However, he now faces a battle for his place after Dundee announced the signing of another left-back in Aaron Donnelly on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Igbo Kennedy

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