The Croatian FA claimed this morning that Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had picked up an injury while away on international duty.
The official Twitter feed for the governing body Tweeted that Lovren was being replaced although no details were given over the nature or severity of the problem Lovren is carrying.
The Tweet did imply that Lovren wouldn’t feature at any point for his country before the Premier League returns, as Brendan Rodgers stares at a situation where he’ll have to add another injured player to the list.
Liverpool can definitely feel themselves unlucky when it comes to international breaks because of the injury sustained by Daniel Sturridge in the last two week break and the reports which suggested that Jordan Henderson had also developed a problem.
Sturridge is yet to return to first team action since he was injured in England training but Henderson shook off a knock to feature for his country against Switzerland and has been fine ever since.
Liverpool already have an injury to key central defender Mamadou Sakho although they have the experience of Kolo Toure ready to come into the team if needed.
Toure has been a consistent defender over a very long period of time and is used to play against different attacks and different types of strikers, which makes him a solid player to have in the defence.
Liverpool are away at Queens Park Rangers following the international games before a massive clash against Real Madrid at home in the Champions League.
With few details of Lovren’s problem around, there’s a chance he may be fine for that game but if not, Toure may be the man tasked with trying to stop the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
Here’s what Liverpool fans have made of Lovren’s injury on Twitter.
So with Lovren now out injured as well, any chance of Jose Enrique playing as a LCB?— Rory Slater (@RorySlater1) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured, what a blow, not.— I miss Suarez (@Jan_Riha_) October 9, 2014
Adding to Sakho, Lovren is now injured too. Great. Hope we don’t end up with Skrtel & Toure at the back against Real Madrid!— MahmoudLFC (@Mahmoud093) October 9, 2014
Lovren and Sakho both injured. We'll have Kolo Toure vs Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema in two weeks time. pic.twitter.com/ImE0Kvf5uU— A K 4 7 (@AK47_LFC) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured? I HATE international friendlies!— Tom (@Tjpx) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured then. Hopefully thats our one injury for the internationals we get. Step forward the maniac/calming man KOLO TOURE!— Aman (@Aman808) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured. Wow. Hate international breaks so much— Tyler - Elizabeth (@_FemaleKopite) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured, Sakho injured too. Skrtel and Kolo Toure against BBC?? Ok,we are out of UCL .— Kwadwo Owusu Kanin (@rastogi8) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured on international duty, shock. He and Sakho now out so we are stuck with Skrtel and Kolo.— Adam (@AdamMale11) October 9, 2014
Reports of Lovren being injured on international duty. Sigh. #LFC— Raghav Dogra (@raghav_dogra) October 9, 2014
Wow!!! Lovren injured.... WELCOME INTERNATIONALS!!!— Manish LFC Mukherjee (@itsmanishhere) October 9, 2014
Lovren injured! Between last min Jags screamer, fake penalties, and injury before a perfect run, I am destined to get nothing out of him— Bigo1 (@Bigo1_) October 9, 2014