According to the Daily Mail, Daniel Agger’s initial scans came back more serious than previously anticipated and the Liverpool defender could be set for a lengthy spell on the side-lines.
The 29-year-old Danish defender injured his calf during Liverpool’s 2-0 FA Cup 3rd round victory over Oldham Athletic at Anfield. Agger looked in some discomfort towards the end of the game and exited the field before fulltime.
What was previously described as cramp in his calf has now been turned into something more serious – either a strain or worst, a torn muscle.
The worst case scenario would be a tear and should further scans reveal such an injury then Agger will be certain to miss the next four to six weeks of action – a period which contains key games such as table-toppers Arsenal at home and the small matter of a Merseyside derby with Everton at Anfield towards the end of January.
The former Brondby defender, who Liverpool signed for €8.8M back in 2005, has started nine games for The Reds this campaign despite being hampered by an on-going rib injury sustained in September. In spite of his injury problems, the left-footed defender has performed to a consistent standard, making a total of 18 tackles, 10 interceptions and 66 clearances.
Daniel Agger was named vice-captain by current boss Brendan Rodgers and became the subject of much speculation from former manager Rafa Benitez’s Napoli following being left out for a few games. The Mirror reported a potential bid from the Italian side, however Brendan Rodgers didn’t want to lose his Danish centre half.
"Anytime anyone is on the bench there shouldn't be a question about whether he goes or do other clubs want to take someone on loan," said Rodgers.
"With the injuries we've got, it's a small squad and we don't have to move anyone out.
"If players aren't in the team then they need to fight to get back in the team."
Now it seems Liverpool may be without the central defender for a long period of time - but not through selling the Dane, but because of a troublesome calf.
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