Reds problems mount after international casualties

Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt controls the ball during their Euro 2012 qualifying soccer match against Sweden in Amsterdam October 12, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Kooren (NETHERLANDS - Tags: SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Liverpool’s form on the pitch could be given a further dent with the news that both Dirk Kuyt and Daniel Agger picked up injuries whilst on international duty tonight.

The Reds face Merseyside rivals Everton on Sunday, but Kuyt – a prolific goalscorer against the Toffees – looks set to miss the Premier League showdown.

The Dutch attacker was forced off injured with an ankle injury less than half an hour into Holland’s 4-1 victory at home to Sweden.

Reports from Holland suggest Kuyt could now be out until the New Year – with some suggesting February as a possible return date.

Agger also came off in the first half of Denmark’s 2-0 win over Cyprus with what looked like a reoccurrence of his recent groin problem. Fellow Red Christian Poulsen captained the Danes.

Agger’s injury is less serious and he told Danish TV after that his back was fine but a knock suffered in training caused him to be replaced.

Roy Hodgson could face some selection problems for Sunday’s game, a must-win clash with the Reds sitting behind their neighbours in the relegation zone.

Elsewhere tonight, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson played the full 90 minutes of England’s bore draw at home to Montenegro at Wembley Stadium.

Raul Meireles was on target again for Portugal with a great long-distance goal in their 3-1 victory away in Iceland.