Liverpool have confirmed that midfielders Joe Allen and Emre Can face time on the sidelines after picking up injuries during the international break.
Speaking at his scheduled press conference at Melwood ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Aston Villa this Saturday, Brendan Rodgers revealed that Can could be out for as much as six weeks.
Can sustained an ankle injury when Germany Under-21s were 6-0 up in their 8-0 thrashing of Romania U21s earlier this week, whilst Allen took a knock to his knee in Wales’ win over Andorra, and will miss the Villa game.
Rodgers told press, “Emre Can could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. Joe Allen has an issue with his knee, both from international duty.”
He then said that while he accepts injuries will occur on international duty, and that he would never stop a player from representing their country, he hoped for better communication with international teams.
Referring to Daniel Sturridge‘s thigh injury, picked up during a training session with England on a day Rodgers claims the 25-year-old should have been resting, Rodgers added, “It’s thoroughly disappointing.
“I speak regularly with Roy Hodgson, but not this week. He’s probably been lead by the sport science experts. He shouldn’t have trained.
“One recovery doesn’t fit everyone. When Luis Suarez was here, he needed to do extra work. It’s about the individual, and their needs.
“Hopefully we can communicate with international teams more in the future. We’ve lost player who was outstanding against Spurs.”
Rodgers also confirmed that Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan are all unavailable for this weekend’s football, but expects Skrtel to be training with the squad by Sunday.
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