Injury-prone defender will miss crucial games for Anfield club.
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Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio will miss the next month of Premier League football with a hamstring injury.
The 31-year-old picked up the knock during the first-half of the 3-1 victory over arch-rivals Manchester United.
The Brazilian had only just returned from an adductor injury he picked up against Sparta Prague in the Europa League.
The injury leaves manager Kenny Dalglish short of defensive cover with injuries to Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly.
Liverpool’s Head of Sports Medicine and Sports Science, Dr Peter Brukner, confirmed Aurelio is ruled out for the next four weeks.
“He’s got a significant hamstring injury. Unfortunately his body lets him down,” said Dr Brukner.
“We’ve been managing him carefully because he’s not been playing twice in a week, but this just came out of the blue.
“He had a minor adductor strain a few weeks before that. We rehabilitated him and he trained all week with no problems at all.
“He’ll be out for a month so that’s a blow. It’s a partial tear. It’s what we call a secondary degree hamstring. It’s similar to Martin Kelly’s and these are three or four week injuries.
“He’s obviously very down. It was a sad sight to see him walking off the pitch.
“He’s frustrated because he was playing well on Sunday. He was looking forward to getting a run of games but it wasn’t to be.”