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Tuesday 25 September 2012

Liverpool suffer Kelly injury blow

Defender ruptures cruciate ligament during defeat by Manchester United; Agger also injured

Martin Kelly made his fourth Barclays Premier League start of the season against Man Utd

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly is facing a "significant" period of time on the sidelines after the club revealed that he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his knee during the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was forced off late on in the Anfield loss with the club revealing on Monday that he now requires an "ACL reconstruction".

Earlier, Kelly wrote on his Twitter account that he does not expect to be back in action until next year.

"I'll be fighting for my place next year when I'm back fitter and stronger"
Martin Kelly

"What I can say is it's not the worst injury I've had, and for sure I'll be fighting for my place next year when I'm back fitter and stronger," he said.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have revealed that Denmark centre-back Daniel Agger suffered a "significant bone bruise to the left knee" during the same match.

The 27-year-old was stretchered off with 13 minutes of the contest remaining but tests have revealed that he did not suffer ligament damage.

Agger will undergo further tests to determine how long he will be out for.

Liverpool also have concerns over summer signing Fabio Borini, who came off at half-time with an ankle injury.

The 21-year-old has "considerable swelling" around the ankle but the scan did not detect any fracture.

"The club's medical staff will wait for the swelling to reduce before an MRI scan can take place [on Tuesday] to assess any soft tissue damage and determine when he may be able to return to playing," read a statement on the club's official website.

For a match report from Liverpool's home defeat by Manchester United, the best photos from the day and statistics, click here >

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Key Points

  • Martin Kelly ruptures cruciate ligament in defeat by Manchester United
  • Defender Daniel Agger suffers bruising to his knee
  • Liverpool also concerned about fitness of forward Fabio Borini