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Reds' Agger hit by injury setback

Daniel Agger
Agger played 25 times for Liverpool last season

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is set to have surgery on a back injury which could rule him out for six weeks.

Agger, 24, has missed Liverpool's first two games of the season and will travel to France for an operation next week.

Liverpool's defensive options have been severely stretched with Martin Skrtel also sidelined because of a jaw injury.

However, boss Rafael Benitez drafted in Greek international defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens for £2m on Thursday to strengthen his squad.

Kyrgiakos should be available to make his debut in next Monday night's game against Aston Villa.

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Another option for Benitez may be 19-year-old Spanish defender Daniel Ayala, who featured alongside Jamie Carragher in Wednesday night's 4-0 Premier League win against Stoke.

Agger arrived at Anfield from Brondby for £5.8m in January 2006.

The Denmark international, who featured 25 times for Liverpool last season, is likely to be fully rehabilitated from his back injury by November.



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Liverpool sign defender Kyrgiakos
21 Aug 09 |  Liverpool
Liverpool 4-0 Stoke
19 Aug 09 |  Premier League
Skrtel injury worry for Liverpool
25 Jul 09 |  Liverpool
Agger agrees Liverpool extension
02 May 09 |  Liverpool
Sunday's gossip column
26 Apr 09 |  Gossip
Liverpool complete Agger signing
12 Jan 06 |  Liverpool


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