Liverpool Injury News: Rodgers Confirms Double Blow + Latest On Sturridge & Allen

By on September 22, 2014

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Liverpool take on Championship side Middlesbrough at Anfield on Tuesday night in the third round of the Capital One Cup.

Ahead of the game, boss Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the press at his pre-match press conference and gave Liverpoolfc.com a team news and injury update where he revealed that both Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson are struggling with injuries.

Coutinho wasn’t involved during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham at Upton Park due to a groin injury and Rodgers has revealed that the Brazilian is ‘highly unlikely’ to play any part tomorrow.

The Reds boss also confirmed that vice-captain Henderson is a doubt with a hip injury and will be assessed ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough.

If ruled out, Henderson would join Glen Johnson on the sidelines with the right-back still recovering from a thigh injury, while Joe Allen [knee] and Emre Can [ankle] are also still out through injury.

Striker Daniel Sturridge is back in light training back Rodgers revealed that he won’t be in consideration tomorrow so joins Jon Flanagan on the sidelines with the youngster out for around three months with a knee injury.

Here’s what Rodgers told the clubs website:

“We just need to assess one or two,”

“Jordan Henderson picked up a knock so we need to assess where he’s at. And Philippe Coutinho is highly unlikely for tomorrow as well.”

“We haven’t got any guys returning,” he said. “Glen Johnson is still out. Joe Allen and Emre Can aren’t fit. Daniel Sturridge won’t be fit. Young Jon Flanagan has obviously had his operation.

“So we’ve got a few injuries to cope with but it’ll always give a chance to one or two of our younger players, who are doing very well at the Academy, to get a chance to be in the squad. That’s my first look.”

Rodgers will be sweating on the fitness of Henderson as with Allen, Coutinho and Can already out, he has few option to choose from in the middle of the park.

It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of team the Northern Irishman puts out tomorrow as he’ll be keen to get his side back on track after Saturday’s disappointment, so may opt to pick a more experienced side to ensure they don’t suffer another slip-up.

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