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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2006, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Injury sidelines Liverpool's Kuyt
Holland striker Dirk Kuyt is helped off the field after picking up an injury
Kuyt has scored two goals in six starts for Liverpool
Dirk Kuyt will miss Liverpool's next two games with an ankle injury sustained on international duty.

The 26-year-old striker picked up the knock playing for Holland in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Bulgaria.

Kuyt went off after just 16 minutes, but a scan has revealed the injury is not as serious as first thought.

Strained ankle ligaments will keep him out of the home game with Blackburn on Saturday and the Champions League trip to Bordeaux on Wednesday 18 October.

Liverpool hope Kuyt will recover in time to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on October 22.

Reds boss Rafael Benitez believes clubs should receive compensation if their players are injured on international duty.

"If Kuyt misses many games and Peter Crouch gets injured, it means we may not win as many games as we would," he said.

"Last season we had a situation where John Arne Riise was injured in a friendly for Norway and missed the Champions League game with Benfica.

"Where was our compensation? The national associations should pay. I believe they should pay 50% of a player's wage when they play for their country, and 100% if they are injured, for as long as they can't play a competitive game.

"As a manager, I would prefer to have Kuyt return fit than be compensated, but this is a big problem."

And the Spaniard was furious his summer signing stayed with the Holland set-up, who had hopes of playing him on Wednesday, instead of immediately returning to Anfield for treatment.



SEE ALSO
Liverpool complete deal for Kuyt
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