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Friday 02 March 2012

Liverpool's Agger suffers fractured rib

Danish defender now set to miss next few weeks of the season

Daniel Agger has been in superb form at the heart of Liverpool's defence this season

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger will miss the next few weeks of the Barclays Premier League season with a rib injury.

The Danish defender picked up the injury during the Carling Cup final last weekend, which Liverpool eventually won in a penalty shootout against Cardiff.

He will miss Liverpool's crucial League match at home against Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday, and boss Kenny Dalglish is not sure exactly how long he will be out for.

"He's got a fractured rib, so maybe it will be a few weeks"
- Kenny Dalglish

Dalglish told the club's official website: "He's got a fractured rib, so maybe it will be a few weeks.

"Anybody that is injured is a miss. Daniel has been playing fantastically well this year, but we'll miss anybody that is not fit and available.

"The squad is there to cover eventualities, injuries and suspensions - and we'll need to cover for Daniel if he's going to be out for a few weeks."

Agger, 27, has played in 21 League matches so far this season and has played 113 for the club since signing from Brondby in 2006.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are waiting on the fitness of captain Steven Gerrard, who limped out of England's friendly match against the Netherlands during the first half on Wednesday.

Dalglish says he, along with the other players who were on international duty, will be assessed on Friday ahead of Saturday's 1245 GMT kick-off.

"What we've got and who we've got I don't know because we haven't trained since the international matches," added Dalglish.

"We had 12 or 13 players away, so we'll have to wait and see how everybody is when they come back."

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Key Points

  • Daniel Agger suffered injury in Carling Cup final
  • Danish defender has a fractured rib and will be out for "a few weeks"
  • Liverpool waiting on fitness of captain Steven Gerrard