Right-back aggravated a groin injury against Manchester United at the weekend.
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Under-fire Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has been dealt yet another blow with right-back Glen Johnson now set to be out of action for at least a month.
The full-back limped off with a groin injury in the Reds 3-0 loss to Manchester United at the weekend and leaves a massive hole in starting line-up as the busy Christmas and New Year fixture calendar approaches.
Johnson was reported to have torn his groin in the first half of Liverpool’s match against United and will be out for at least four weeks according to the Liverpool Echo.
The 30 year-old had been linked with a move away from Anfield as his contract comes to an end this summer, with no deal forthcoming from Liverpool.
The blow may be cushioned by Rodgers’ switch to a wing-back formation meaning Kolo Toure or even Jordan Henderson could start in Johnson’s stead.
Javier Manquillo is expected to come in for Johnson should the Reds return to a back four, but the Spaniard didn’t even make the bench when Brendan Rodgers’ side visited Old Trafford at the weekend and may have lost the trust of the manager.
However, with fellow right-back Jon Flanagan out of action until mid-January, Rodgers may be forced to rely on the inconsistent Spaniard.