Liverpool are awaiting fitness updates on Dirk Kuyt after the Ducth forward was taken to hospital with an ankle injury picked up during a European Championship qualifying match against Sweden.
Kuyt was carried off on a stretcher after landing awkwardly following an challenge in the 28th minute of Tuesday’s match in Amsterdam, which Holland won 4-1.
Coach Bert van Marwijk says he fears Kuyt’s injury “could be serious and keep him sidelined for a long time.”
Kuyt faces an agonising wait to see if he tore ankle ligaments while playing for Holland – but he is concerned about the extent of the injury.
“The swelling is so bad that it will take three to four days to be sure.
“But I fear the worst. You know your own body. It doesn’t feel good. In fact the doctors have the same feeling. I’ve probably torn ankle ligaments, they say. Lets hope that they and I are wrong.”
Liverpool defender Daniel Agger also came off early with a groin injury in Denmark’s qualifier against Cyprus. But there was better news for the club after Spain striker Fernando Torres returned to training after an adductor muscle tear and may play a part in Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton.