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Martin Kelly ruptures cruciate ligament
, Mon 24/09/12 at 22:09
Liverpool's Martin Kelly will be out of action for at least six months and will require surgery on a knee injury.
The 22-year-old England international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the closing stages of the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.
A club statement said the academy product will be ruled out for a "significant period of time".
Kelly told his Twitter followers: "It's not the worst injury I've had and I'll be fighting for my place next year."
The full-back had a scan on Monday morning and vowed to come back "fitter and stronger".
Liverpool said Kelly would require "ACL reconstruction", meaning the right-back, called up into the England squad for Euro 2012, will be unavailable for at least six months.
He has made 54 appearances for the club since his debut against PSV in the Champions League in 2008 but the Whiston-born defender's career has been hampered by injury.
He did not play for almost two years while at the Liverpool Academy because of a back problem, and hamstring and groin injuries have blighted his senior career.
But he had featured regularly this season for Brendan Rodgers, playing at full-back in four of their five Premier League games.
There was better news on Daniel Agger as the central defender did not, as had been feared, suffer ligament damage during Sunday's defeat.
The Denmark international was carried off on stretcher in the second half of the loss to United after colliding with team-mate Glen Johnson.
"No ligament damage was sustained but further tests will be carried out before it can be established when he will be able to return to training," Liverpool said.
Forward Fabio Borini is another injury concern after the £11m summer signing was replaced at half-time because of a bruised foot and a swollen ankle.
"The club's medical staff will wait for the swelling to reduce before an MRI scan can take place tomorrow [Tuesday] to assess any soft tissue damage and determine when he may be able to return to playing," added the club.
Gutting to lose him for such a long time, hopefully he makes a full recovery in good time
It'll be interesting to see how we lineup now, we should get a better idea of just how much Rodgers doesn't rate Enrique
Mon 24/09/12 at 22:27
Gutted for the lad.
Mon 24/09/12 at 23:50
i am sorry for kelly.i am happy agger won't miss the rest of the season.
Tue 25/09/12 at 05:48
really shocking that the poor fella gets injured so much. He is a class player in my eyes and its always sad to see him miss out so much of his carreer.
Tue 25/09/12 at 09:53
Really dissapointing news, played well on Sunday as well. Wish him all the best in his recovery and hope to see him back fitter and stronger than ever.
Tue 25/09/12 at 12:56
He is an unlucky bloke. I believe he had a really bad back injury as a Kid. Was out of the game for two years 13 -15, apparently. It explains why he said "This is not the worse injury I've had."
Good luck martin. You'll be playing again by Easter
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:00
Really feel for him too.
He was absolutely ecstatic when we scored, one of the first to celebrate with Stevie.
Really love his attitude too, shame but I think he'll be back before the end of the season.
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:26
shame its a bad injury to suffer. hopefully see him back quickly as possible. i expect flano to take his chance if called upon rate him highly too.
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:39
This leaves us in a tricky situation. Who plays at the back now?
Johnson and ...? Enrique? Downing? Flanagan? Coady? Wisdom?
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:42
right back is johnson, flano and wisdom. left back enrique, robinson, johnson. i think thats fine the least of our worries really. Carra can play either too.
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:49
Except all our left backs are so s**t, we've been playing Johnson there with Kelly at right back. So, are our left backs so bad they're worse than playing Johnson out of position and Flanno or Wisdom on the right? Or is playing either of them worse than having to play Enrique, Downing or Robinson?
There's no way Carragher will play there. It's certainly not the least of our worries.
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:50
whats wrong with johnson and enrique?
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:51
There's nothing with Johnson.
Are you fit? I'd rather you start than Enrique, at the moment.
Tue 25/09/12 at 13:53
nah hes ok, good player just dip in form.
Tue 25/09/12 at 14:01
I'd like to see flanagan have a crack to be honest.
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