Liverpool welcome Zenit St Petersburg to Anfield on Thursday night for the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie.
Boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking at his weekly press conference on Wednesday afternoon and gave Liverpoolfc.com a team news and injury update with the latest on defender Martin Skrtel and Striker Fabio Borini.
The Reds boss revealed that Skrtel is a major doubt to feature in the game after aggravating a knee injury in training this week and is now unlikely to face his former side again after playing in last weeks 2-0 loss at the Petrovsky Stadium. Rodgers told the clubs official website:
“He is being assessed but I think he’ll struggle,”
“He got a little knock on his knee a few days ago and tried to train on it but made it worse.
“So it’s highly unlikely that he will play.”
Rodgers then gave the latest on forward Borini who was unlucky to pick up another serious injury during Sunday’s 5-0 win over Swansea at Anfield. The Italian will undergo an operation shortly and is set to be on the sidelines for between six to eight weeks but Rodgers is hopeful he’ll be back stronger than ever in the future.
“By the weekend, he’ll look to have an operation and you’re then looking at six to eight weeks,”
“It’s been a difficult season for him coming into such a big club and getting injured early on. He came back, worked hard but then injured his shoulder.
“He’s a tough-minded young boy, so hopefully he’ll get through the operation well and we’ll see how he is.
“He’ll go away, he’ll recover and hopefully we’ll see the best of him in the future.”
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