Liverpool boss provides injury update on Martin Skrtel

Martin Skrtel

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was stretchered off after just six minutes.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told reporters for the BBC that defender Martin Skrtel is fine following a nasty looking injury.

The Slovakian international defender took a nasty fall in the sixth minute when challenging for a header and had to leave the field via a stretcher and neck brace.

It was a shock for the hosts, but a conscious Skrtel gave the thumbs up to the Anfield crowd while leaving the pitch, much to the relief of the supporters.

And boss Brendan Rodgers has subsequently told reporters that the 30-year-old is fine, explaining that he could have carried on but on the advice of the medical experts didn’t take the risk.

"Martin Skrtel is fine. He could have played on but you have to listen to the medical team and the experts and he is fine in the changing room,” the Reds boss explained.

“He fell heavily so there was a feeling he could have been knocked out or concussed but I'll leave that to the medical experts.”

Skrtel was replaced by Ivorian international and recent Africa Cup of Nations winner Kolo Toure who put in a solid performance up against a physical Blackburn Rovers striker in Rudy Gestede.

Despite a tonne of pressure and more than 20 efforts, the hosts failed to break down the Championship outfit and the 0-0 draw means a replay will take place at Ewood Park.

While the date isn’t set just yet, it could fall in between key Premier League fixtures against Arsenal and Manchester United – a week which could ultimately define the Merseyside outfit’s season.

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