Martin Skrtel to miss pivotal games for Liverpool with hamstring injury
Liverpool centre half Martin Skrtel will not be available to Jurgen Klopp for the busy festive period and beyond following a hamstring strain he suffered in the Reds' loss to Watford at the weekend.
The defender had a scan in the aftermath of the shock defeat at Vicarage Road, which showed he had suffered a tear to his hamstring and tendon and, that his likely recovery time would be six weeks.
Skrtel confirmed the issue via his Instagram account:"After all rumours going around I want to say after I suffered tear in my hamstring and tendon I will be out for 6 weeks,” said Skrtel. “I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before.”
As such, in the new year, the 31-year-old will miss the first leg of Liverpool's Capital One Cup semi-final against Stoke City on January 5, a third round FA Cup tie with Exeter and the visits to Anfield of Arsenal and Manchester United.
On Saturday, high-flying Leicester City arrive in Anfield, before Liverpool go to Sunderland four days later, which is followed by a trip to West Ham on January 2.
Liverpool are without a win in the league since beating Swansea City on November 29, so Klopp, in light of this recent loss of manpower, will be hopeful that Dejan Lovren recovers quickly to partner Mamadou Sakho at the heart of continually creaking defence.