Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Adam Lallana is set to be out of action for up to a month, according to the Daily Star.
The 26 year old England international suffered a calf injury during the Anfield club’s win against Swansea, back on New Year’s Day.
As a result, Lallana will miss out on both legs of the upcoming Capital One Cup semi final, when Liverpool will renew their rivalry with Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
As well as those games, the £25 million summer signing will also be out of action in the Premier League when Rodgers’ side face off against Sunderland and Aston Villa, two ties that the Reds will need to win if they hope to push for Europe after the January transfer window.
However, there remains some hope that he will be available for those games, with Rodgers refusing to set a timeline for his recovery and return.
Rodgers said: “More or less [a month], it might be a wee bit shorter than that.
“It’s a slight strain that he has, so no real timeline on it, but hopefully it won’t be as long as that.”
Liverpool beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the FA Cup last night.
Liverpool have confirmed their starting eleven for the game against AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow tonight in the FA Cup third round.
The Reds have seen a series of Premier League rivals progress to the fourth round, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, and will be hopeful of a similar result against lower league opposition.
Tonight’s game is the first time the two teams have faced off since Wimbledon’s rebirth following the move of the club’s share in the Football League to Milton Keynes.
However, Wimbledon have been granted the history of the club that existed before and played in south London, meaning that the fixture today is a rematch of the 1988 FA Cup final, which the Dons famously won 1-0.
Brendan Rodgers has named a strong side for tonight’s game, including former Southampton man Rickie Lambert and Phillipe Coutinho.
Adam Lallana misses out as a result of injury. Mario Balotelli returns to the bench.
Liverpool star Adam Lallana has revealed that he is finally approaching full fitness, having played well for the Anfield club against local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday, as reported by the Daily Express.
The midfield maestro was one of Brendan Rodgers’s side’s best performers against the Toffees, despite the Reds having dropped two points.
Having suffered an unfortunate injury prior to the season, shortly after he signed for Liverpool from Southampton for £25 million, the player is now happy about his improving fitness levels, and feels yesterday’s display was only a sign of things to come in the future.
He said: “After every game I’m feeling more comfortable.
“I just want to keep working hard and I still feel I can improve even more, get better and put in better performances.
“I don’t want to make excuses, but I did miss pre-season. It’s a valuable part of getting the rustiness out. It’s just going to be with game time now.
“Because of the injuries we’ve had, I’ve probably played a lot more than I would have done coming back from injury.
“But it has been great – that’s what you need as a player.
“I felt great out there, fitness-wise, and it’s just disappointing we couldn’t get the three points.”
Liverpool have struggled slightly since the start of the season, and have missed the influence of Daniel Sturridge up front.
It will almost certainly be a boon to Rodgers to hear that one of his more talented players is on the cusp of returning to his previous heights after indifferent form so far.