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