Failed €27.5m Liverpool target comes off lightly with one month ankle lay-off

Henrikh Mkhitaryan will only be out of action for four weeks.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Liverpool fans would have been dreading should they have managed to get hold of one of their main transfer targets.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan had an excellent season at Shakhtar Donetsk last year and as an attacking midfielder scored more goals than anyone else in the Ukrainian Premier League.

This summer however the €27.5 million deal to take him away from Shakhtar did not see him arrive at Anfield but Signal Iduna Park; and take the role of replacing Mario Gotze as the talismanic playmaker in the Borussia Dortmund set-up.

For Liverpool it was a bitter blow and they have now turned their attention elsewhere; where exactly we do not know yet.

Mkhitaryan arrived in Westfalen and was quickly revered.

He was given the number ’10’ shirt previously worn by Gotze and was then given the nickname ‘Micki’ by the fans who struggled with his clearly difficult second name.

And he has also proved it in pre-season. He grabbed an assist and a goal against FC Basel and then grabbed a goal against FC Luzern.

But things went topsy-turvy when he took a tumble whilst scoring the third goal in a 4-1 win.

He rolled his right ankle and Dortmund fans have been on tenterhooks all day waiting for the results of his MRI scan; with concern over a long absence due to ligament damage.

And it is mixed news.

As any worries over a more prolonged absence from the first team quickly dissipated.

But he will miss the start of the season; including the German Super Cup tie against Bayern Munich.

"Borussia Dortmund have to make do without Henrikh Mkhitaryanin the coming weeks. According to team doctor Markus Braun he will probably be unavailable for up to four weeks." 

The hope is that he will be available in time for their first home league game of the season against Eintracht Braunschweig on August 18th.

And they will be glad they were let off easy and have not lost a potential star fir as long as it looked first thing this morning.

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