Rhian Brewster: Liverpool wait to assess extent of forward's ankle ligament damage

England and Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster
Brewster was top scorer with eight goals as England won the U17 World Cup in October

Liverpool are assessing the extent of the ankle injury sustained by Rhian Brewster during an under-23 match with Manchester City on Friday before deciding if surgery is necessary.

BBC Sport understands the 17-year-old forward, who won the Golden Boot in England's Under-17 World Cup win in October, has sustained ankle ligament damage but has not suffered a fracture.

Brewster faces a lengthy lay-off but Liverpool will take their time to uncover the full scale of the injury before deciding on their next option.

Brewster was carried off on a stretcher having landed awkwardly after challenging for a header in first-half stoppage time as the Reds lost 3-2.

"We fear the worst a little bit at the moment," manager Neil Critchley said in the aftermath of the incident on Friday.

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