Liverpool defender Daniel Agger will undergo back surgery next week and is likely to be out for six weeks.
Agger has missed the first two Premier League games of the season, having been troubled with the injury all summer. With Liverpool also missing Martin Skrtel with a jaw injury, manager Rafa Benitez entered the transfer market earlier this week to sign Sotirios Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens for £2m.
Kyrgiakos should be available to make his debut in next Monday night’s game against Aston Villa.
Benitez also has the option of drafting in 19-year-old Spanish defender Daniel Ayala, who played alongside Jamie Carragher in Wednesday night’s 4-0 Premier League win against Stoke.