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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel out for eight weeks

Martin Skrtel
Skrtel may recover in time to feature in Liverpool's last few games this season

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will miss much of the remainder of the season because of a broken metatarsal.

The 25-year-old Slovakia international will not need surgery but is likely to be unavailable to manager Rafael Benitez until the end of April.

He was forced off during his team's 4-1 aggregate win over Unirea Urziceni in their Europa League tie on Thursday.

Manager Rafael Benitez said after the match: "It was a good result but then we had the bad news about Martin."

Skrtel was injured in a second-half clash with Antonio Semedo as the Reds won 3-1 in Romania to reach the last 16 with a 4-1 aggregate score.


He has been a mainstay of Liverpool's central defence this season, featuring 29 times and scoring one goal, in the 2-2 draw at home to Manchester City in November.

Benitez will at least be comforted with better news regarding Skrtel's fellow defender Glen Johnson.

The £17m signing is nearing a comeback, having not played since late December because of a knee injury.

"He's doing well. He was training [on Friday] with the team - a light training session," said Benitez.

"I was watching him and he was quite sharp but Sunday will be too soon."

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see also
Unirea 1-3 Liverpool (agg 1-4)
25 Feb 10 |  Europe
Liverpool 1-0 Unirea Urziceni
18 Feb 10 |  Europe
Thursday's action as it happened
25 Feb 10 |  Football

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