Timo Werner confirms whether injury will keep him out of crucial Liverpool fixture

Chelsea striker Timo Werner has eased any fears that he might miss the big game against defending champions Liverpool after picking up a slight injury in the 3-1 win over Brighton. Werner was handed his debut, along with Kai Havertz, for Chelsea’s opening Premier League game against Brighton.

And the German striker was immediately involved as he won Chelsea a penalty after being taken down by Mat Ryan in the box.

Jorginho stepped up to put Chelsea 1-0 up and even though Brighton drew level after the second half, goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma helped seal all three points.

Werner ended up playing the full 90 minutes, although his influence on the game dwindled in the latter stages.

And there appeared to be good reason for Werner’s lack of involvement towards the end of the game.

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The 24-year-old had a big ice pack strapped to his right leg, sparking some concern whether he had picked up an injury issue.

When asked how he picked up the knock, Werner said: “It was from the penalty.

“The knee of the goalkeeper hit me directly in the muscle and it goes very hard and the rest of the game it hurts a lot.

“I can’t do some movements because the muscle goes very hard, but at the end I’m happy that we win.”

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Werner was then asked whether he reckons he would be fit to face Liverpool.

He said: “Of course.

“In games like this, you’re always fit.”

Werner could well have been lining up against Chelsea this Sunday if Liverpool had followed through with their strong interest from earlier in the year.

The Reds were long seen as the clear frontrunners to sign Werner prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

It slowly became clear that Liverpool were hit hard financially by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ultimately, it meant Liverpool were unable to meet Werner’s release clause with Chelsea swooping in to sign the forward.

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