Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says he is not worried to the injuries sustained by Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres during yesterday’s 2-1 defeat to Atletico Madrid at Anfield, but admits he does not know the full extent of their situation.
Carragher was taken off early on in the game with an ankle problem whilst Torres was substituted shortly before full-time when he was seen limping on his ankle.
Benitez told press that he is hopeful both players will be fine to play in next Sunday’s Premier League opener against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. But he also added that he will assess the ability of younger players to act as cover if required.
He said, “Carragher twisted his ankle, and we decided to take him off as a precaution.
“We will have to wait to see how the injured players improve, but I feel they will be ready for our next game.
“We have two options. One is to bring in someone at the back and the other option is to keep working with the young players we have.
“Some youngsters need the opportunity to impress, we will see how they go.
“Jamie will come in tomorrow for treatment at Melwood, and we will assess the situation then.
“For a twisted ankle you need two or three days to see how the injury settles down. I do not believe he will need a scan.
“Fernando came off with an slight injury on his ankle, but he also came off as a precaution because this was only a friendly.”
Liverpool’s injury list is increasing dramatically with Martin Skrtel, Nabil El Zahr and Fabio Aurelio having all picked up pre-season injuries, whilst Daniel Agger is struggling with fitness ahead of the new campaign.