Calvin Ramsay made his long-awaited injury return on Tuesday night as the Liverpool defender was handed his first competitive appearance in over a year.
The Scotland international joined the Reds in a deal worth up to £6.5m from Aberdeen last summer, only for a stress fracture in his back to be detected in the teenager’s medical. Consequently, he had to wait until a Champions League meeting with Napoli at the start of November to make his Liverpool debut as a late substitute.
A first start followed the following week in a League Cup third-round victory over Derby County, with Ramsay then making his international debut for Scotland in a defeat to Turkey later that month. But, until Tuesday night, that match had remained the last senior outing of the 20-year-old’s career.
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Having had to undergo surgery on a knee injury in February, the Scot was ruled out until the end of the season as a result. Consequently, the decision was made to send him on loan to Championship side Preston North End last summer in an effort to kickstart his career.
Yet further issues with his knee had kept Ramsay on the sidelines until earlier this month, when he stepped up his return in the Lancashire Senior Cup against Accrington Stanley.
On the bench against Cardiff City last weekend, Ramsay was handed a belated Preston debut away at Middlesbrough on Tuesday night as he was brought on at half-time at the Riverside Stadium for his first senior appearance in over a year.
However, while it was a landmark occasion for the Scot as a result, it proved to be a night to forget for Ryan Lowe’s side. TheRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk