Liverpool midfielder set to return from injury as manager confirms new role

The manager of Spain Under-21s national team Santi Denia has confirmed that Liverpool midfielder Stefan Bajcetic is fit to make his debut after returning from injury.

Bajcetic is set to make his playing return during the September international break, according to the manager.

The Spaniard hasn’t played for Liverpool since March after sustaining an adductor injury, but has been an unused substitute for the Reds’ last three Premier League games as they continue to manage the 18-year-old’s return carefully.

His impressive form last season had seen him tipped for a Spain Under-21s call-up earlier this year ahead of this summer’s European Championship. And while such hopes were aborted by injury, the 18-year-old has since been handed his maiden call-up for this month’s international break.

Spain get their 2025 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualification campaign underway tonight against Malta, before facing Scotland next Monday in a game which could see Bajcetic line up against Liverpool team-mate Ben Doak.

And Spain Under-21s manager Santi Denia has confirmed the Reds youngster is fit to make his international debut.

“I wanted him to be here so he could meet the group. He has a work plan that we previously knew about and which we are going to continue,” he told AS, quoted by Sport Witness.

“He has signed up for Liverpool and although he hasn’t played, we’re looking forward to giving him minutes, even though playing there is very difficult.”

Bajcetic made 19 appearances for Liverpool last season as the Reds continued to reinvent the Spaniard as a defensive midfielder. However, signed from Celta Vigo in December 2020, he had previously been a centre-back.

“When he played in the lower ranks, he played central,” he said. “I think he can give us alternatives in that position.

“It can be like [Hugo] Guillamon in the previous generation, occupying various positions. I have spoken to him and he agrees with that role.”



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