Monday, 30th December, 2013

Liverpool are set to lose Joe Allen for "a few weeks" with an abductor strain, with uncertainty still surrounding Mamadou Sakho's injury.

Both Allen and Sakho were enforced substitutions for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in yesterday's 2-1 defeat to Chelsea.

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The Reds were already "down to 17 players" before the game, according to Rodgers, and the latest reports will not be best pleasing.

Liverpool next face Hull City, who beat them 2-1 just a month ago, and are coming off back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea respectively.


"I think Joe will probably be out for a few weeks with an abductor strain", Rodgers told a press conference. "With Sakho, we're just waiting on confirmation on his hamstring strain.

"There's one or two other niggles that we'll assess in the next 24 hours. It's just been unfortunate. The medical team have made the players fit for the majority of the time I've been here.

"It's just really in this last period of four, five weeks that we've picked up those injuries, which unfortunately has dealt us a big blow."

Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge are two other high-profile names still missing for Liverpool, but Rodgers at least has fresh hope on the former.

"Those who have been out, the likes of Steven, will rejoin training and we'll see how he is for Hull", Rodgers added. "And by the Stoke game [on 11th January], we'll have a few others who won't be too far away."

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