Joel Matip ruled eligible to play for Liverpool during AFCON by FIFA
By James Dale
Last Updated: 20/01/17 11:41pm
FIFA has ruled that Joel Matip is eligible to play for Liverpool during the Africa Cup of Nations and he could face Swansea on Saturday.
Liverpool had been waiting to get clarification from football's world governing body or the Cameroon Football Federation over Matip's eligibility to play and FIFA has now dismissed the case against the defender.
Matip has not played for Jurgen Klopp's side since the 2-2 draw with West Ham on December 11 due to an ankle injury and then the hold-up over his eligibility.
Liverpool believed Matip had retired from international football in 2015. He was not selected in Cameroon's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations but the club were waiting on confirmation that he could play.
Klopp's side have not lost any of the 14 games Matip has started this season, though there has been no confirmation he will be included in the squad for this weekend's visit of Swansea.
The Reds' defence is also boosted by Klopp's confirmation Nathaniel Clyne is in contention to return after missing two games through injury, while Jordan Henderson may also feature following a heel problem.