Liverpool are fearing the worst on the fitness of Sotirios Kyrgiakos after the Greece defender was forced off before half-time during his side’s 2-1 win over Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Reports in Greece suggest the 30-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament after colliding with an opponent and will be out for several months.
It will be a blow for Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who signed Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens in August as cover following Sami Hyypia’s summer departure to Bayer Leverkusen.
The central defender has made just one appearance in the Premier League so far, playing in the 3-2 win at Bolton in August. Since then he has been an unused substitute other than in the Carling Cup game against Leeds.
But the loss of Kyrgiakos leaves Benitez short of cover for first choice centre-backs Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel.
Daniel Agger has yet to play for the club this season after coming back from injury, appearing from the bench for the first time in the last Premier League match at Chelsea. It will be a relief that Agger has got two full games under his belt on international duty with Denmark and came back unscathed.
Rookie Spanish defender Daniel Ayala, who made a promising full debut in a 4-0 win over Stoke City at the start of the season, will now be on standby to step up again if the Anfield club suffer any injury or suspension (ESPN)
Given that Sotirios was brought in himself to help us cope with the repetitive injuries Daniel Agger seems to incur this is not good news. Rupturing your anterior cruciate ligament is a painful thing by all accounts and will see the Greek international out for a long time but in some ways that could have a positive effect.
Daniel Ayala manfully stepped into the breach against Stoke so can be called upon to do so again if needed. Our Great Dane should be back in contention on the weekend after coming through the international break unharmed.
We have had some bad luck with injuries of late but I suppose that is to be expected, just about every club has a patch of such proportions and on another positive note Alberto Aquilani’s comeback seems to be nearer on the horizon and hopefully the Italian will see some action before October is out.