Latest on Lovren and Markovic injuries

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Another international break is finally over and we can begin to look forward to Liverpool’s trip to QPR on Sunday. But it hasn’t been without bad news, again.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 17, 2014: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic have picked up injuries with Croatia and Serbia, respectively, with each expected to miss at least two weeks.

Lovren suffered an abdominal injury while training with Croatia on Thursday and returned to Merseyside over the weekend.

According to PhysioRoom, Lovren is targeting a return on October 22nd – the day of Liverpool’s home match against Real Madrid.

His injury, along with Mamadou Sakho currently sidelined with a thigh problem, means Liverpool only have Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure available at centre-back.

Markovic was injured during Serbia’s 1-1 draw against Armenia on Saturday. The 20-year-old attacker was withdrawn after 25 minutes with a suspected muscle tear.

Reports in Serbia, via The Liverpool Echo, claim Markovic will miss two to three weeks. He’ll be assessed by Liverpool’s medical team early this week.

On the positive side, Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge should be fit to return against QPR, while Steven Gerrard and Mario Balotelli have been rested over the past week.

Several LFC players took the opportunity to head abroad during the break, with Lucas Leiva back in Brazil and Jose Enrique heading to Dubai.

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