Liverpool Football Club today confirmed midfielder Joe Allen has successfully undergone surgery on the shoulder problem.
The surgery will rule Allen out for the rest of the season. The 23 year old is expected to be fit for pre-season ahead of the 2013-14 campaign.
‘Joe Allen had surgery this morning, which went very well,’ head of performance Glen Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday.
It’s going to be a relief for Joe that this has now happened for him. It has been quite a long-standing issue. He was repetitively subluxing, so his shoulder was coming out very easily and very often.
‘It was a procedure that was very important. He should be 12 weeks from now, so he’ll be fighting fit for the start of pre-season.’
Driscoll explained the extent to which the injury was affecting Allen, who has played matches without knowing where and when the problem might recur. He said:
‘I think he has done amazingly well. Anyone who has ever had repetitive subluxations of shoulders will know there is a lot of apprehension involved. I find it difficult to see how that wouldn’t have affected Joe. It was getting to the point where he would do a high-five to celebrate a goal and would actually feel a sublux. When you know this is happening, it’s not just the pain that occurs – it’s the apprehension. He has done very well to get through this and it’s great for him that we can draw a line under this, get him fit and see how he goes next season.’