Liverpool have suffered a triple injury blow with the news that striker Fernando Torres as well as midfielders Xavi Alonso Javier Mascherano all picked up knocks during Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.
Torres has been ruled out for three weeks with an adductor injury, the club has confirmed, while Alonso is also facing a spell on the sidelines after X-rays revealed he had fractured the fourth metatarsal in his left foot. Mascherano has suffered extensive bruising and no bone injury, scans have revealed.
Manager Rafael Benitez said: “Alonso has suffered the same injury again, the metatarsal, he felt something go in his foot.
“Torres also has a similar injury, a problem with an abductor muscle. He could not work as hard as we wanted, we wanted his pace and it was not available.
“He just was not fit. We talked beforehand and he said he was fine. Now we must wait again, he had been out for some time and we have been pushing to get him back, but he has not been right and he still is not right.
“I will need to check with the doctor to see how the players are in the next two days.”