Thursday 22 February 2018

Another blow for Liverpool as Christian Benteke faces stint on sidelines

Christian Benteke scores against Manchester United
Christian Benteke scores against Manchester United

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is fighting to be fit for next month’s Merseyside derby due to the hamstring injury he suffered last weekend.

The Belgian is expected to be out for a couple of weeks, which raises serious doubts about his ability to make the trip to Goodison Park on October 4.

Benteke underwent a scan on his hamstring on Tuesday. He did not play in last night's Capital One Cup penalty win over Carlisle and is sure to miss a reunion with ex-club Aston Villa this weekend.

The Belgian’s absence will offer an opportunity to Danny Ings who was on the mark last night. Liverpool also have Daniel Sturridge fit again following his return from hip surgery.

It is another setback for manager Brendan Rodgers, however, who was hoping to see Benteke and Sturridge develop a strike partnership. That may now have to wait until after the next international break.

On the back of Jordan Henderson’s broken foot, the injury news is not improving for the Liverpool manager.

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