Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne likely to be out until February after injury setback • Full-back facing race to make England’s World Cup squad after operation • Sadio Mané to return from Senegal duty after aggravating hamstring problem Nathaniel Clyne has not played for Liverpool this season after suffering a back injury in a pre-season match. Photograph: Dave Howarth/PA View more sharing options Shares 59 Mark Dobson Monday 13 November 2017 19.08 GMTFirst published on Monday 13 November 2017 12.40 GMT Nathaniel Clyne has suffered another injury setback that is likely to keep the Liverpool defender out until February. The right-back, who has endured a miserable campaign after sustaining a back injury in a pre-season game in July, will now spend up to three more months out recovering from a minor operation. Clyne had started running again at Melwood in September when Jürgen Kloppcalled his progress encouraging but the 26‑year‑old has had surgery which will delay his return further. The setback is even more frustrating for the England defender with time running out for him to stake a claim for a World Cup squad place. Huh, maybe he is actually injured, and not just being kept under wraps until all that gear's been washed out of his system?