Liverpool suffer Daniel Agger injury blow


Liverpool have been dealt another injury blow with the news that Daniel Agger has suffered a calf strain.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 26, 2013: Liverpool substitute Daniel Agger against West Bromwich Albion during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Dane, Liverpool’s vice-captain, picked up the injury in the FA Cup tie against Oldham, meaning the Reds played the final 10 minutes with 10 men.

Liverpool have not given a protracted timescale on the injury, but similar injuries typically see the player sidelined for around six weeks.

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero has been missing with a similar injury for the past month.

Liverpool are already without fellow centre-backs Mamadou Sakho – although reports earlier this week suggest he could be close to a return for Sunday’s trip to Stoke – and Sebastian Coates.

Full-backs Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan are also out, while Daniel Sturridge is almost back to fitness after six weeks out. Steven Gerrard returned from injury in the Oldham match.

Agger’s injury is likely to change Liverpool’s plan to loan out Tiago Ilori this month, while Martin Kelly – who moved to centre-back after Agger’s injury on Sunday – could get a chance at centre-back too.

Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel are likely to be Liverpool’s centre-back pairing against Stoke – the last time they lined up together was the debacle at Hull in early December.

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  • imoff

    uh oh

  • Maninder Singh

    Hopefully now ppl can see why we invested so much in our defence :). This is the only area of the field in which we have a decent backup strength. Every cloud has a silver lining and perhaps so many injuries might finally give Ilori a chance.

    • Nelly79

      Also let’s be real, Agger has always been injury prone from the get go. Last season was probably the only season, where he didn’t suffer so much injury problems. And at 29, it’s not going to get any better

      • Ankit Jain

        but still he is better than everyone else.. i wish to see kelly in action. at RB if not then CB

      • gg77

        20+ matches a season and I am happy. His contribution in immense when he plays. Also 29 is arguably the peak of a CBs career, so no issues there.

    • Abyss

      No, I’m sorry. I still don’t see what the point in having 5 central defenders is..especially when we’re so thin with our full back position. Chances either Ilori or Coates will get a chance to play this season are next to nothing. Sakho looks like he’s going to be back really soon. Agger will probably too in 2-3 weeks time.

      • Maninder Singh

        Agger, Skrtl, Toure and Sakho are the 4 main central defenders. I am assuming the fifth one you are counting is either Kelly or Ilori. Coates was out for the whole season long way back. The point here is Kelly is perma-crocked (No offence, he has got immense talent but his body is not upto the mark) and Ilori was signed with an eye on the future.

        I seriously dont think 4 central defenders in a squad is a big number given one was signed on a free transfer as a short gap replacement for Carra and will never last beyond at max couple of seasons.

        • Abyss

          It’s not a big number, it’s the right number. The 5th one will not get to play more than 2 matches in the season, if even. Which is exactly what’s going on with Ilori at the moment.

  • Dubai Reds

    I say time to get rid of Danny lad – Season on season he’s been injury prone.

    • JonnyS

      He’s in his peak period for a CB, getting rid of him is just insane for such a cultured CB.
      Also, Toure is a stop gap freebie. This season and possibly/hopefully next to give us the depth you must have to compete.
      After that iLori will have matured a bit and can get some time for us if he is as talented as it is believed and Agger can become the semi-regular/semi-depth experienced head for that season.
      That’s 3 seasons for iLori to mature and then become a regular. It’s very sensible development.

      If Agger leaves us then (32) or he becomes depth and Skrtel becomes the senior head alongside Sakho/iLori.

      It’s all very well thought out.

  • CARR71

    you have to feel for agger ,hope he comes back yet again

  • Scott Brown

    If and when Sakho comes back that is.

    • eskimo

      true, but with the reports that he will be fit for sunday i’m hoping he’ll atleast make the aston villa game

      • Scott Brown

        Me too mate.

  • Abyss

    Let’s not try and relate Agger’s previous long term injury experiences with this one. I’m fairly certain Agger will be back in 2-3 weeks time to warm the bench.

  • Reem

    Is there no end to these injuries .. we hadn’t had a full team in months!

  • JonnyS

    iLori is for the future. He’s had a few months within the club to begin his adjustment to lfc and the country and then he will go on loan. That’s how you develop youngsters.

    20 is not even close to an age where you would play at CB for Liverpool or most EPL clubs, which demands more maturity than most positions on the pitch anyhow.
    Infact most CBs start by playing full back first where mistakes are less critical than at CB.

  • JonnyS

    people are just nutz talking about getting rid of any of our CBs, let alone one of the most cultured CBs in the world.

    And to top it off, everyone thinks iLori, at 20, is about to play CB for us, not realising he’s got a season and a half of loan time at least to come before he gets youth / backup status for the senior team.