Early season injury lay-offs can often be debilitating. After weeks of fine-tuning during preseason and on the training fields, best laid plans can be thrown out of the window when a player is laid low.
For Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool it is a familiar tale already this season with the new campaign only three games old. Adam Lallana missed the season’s beginning with a knee injury, while Jon Flanagan, a revelation at full-back last season, has suffered a similar problem. Martin Skrtel is expected to be missing for another few weeks, and Glen Johnson likewise.
Daniel Sturridge has been ruled out for three weeks after mismanagement of his recovery time by England last week, aggravating a thigh problem, and summer signing Emre Can is to miss up to six weeks with an ankle injury. Joe Allen, who has looked particularly lively in the early weeks of the season, will also be missing after picking up an injury on an abomination of a pitch in Andorra.