Jon Flanagan has resumed training but but Liverpool FC received another injury blow as Brendan Rodgers’ confirmed that the club is going to be without the services of Glen Johnson indefinitely.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers today revealed that the club will be without right back Glen Johnson indefinitely as the player has been struggling with injuries in recent weeks.
“We’ve got a few that have been ill this week, and one or two that have been struggling with injury. Our latest one is Glen Johnson. Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team, but unfortunately he’s struggled a lot with a number of injuries.
“The timeline he’ll be out will be indefinitely, really. We’ll just need to assess that and see how quickly he comes through that.
“He’s had a real bad ankle for a period of time, and just one or two other issues that haven’t allowed him to be 100 per cent.
“I think everyone has seen over many years the speed, fluency and how good he’s been, but for part of this season he’s been restricted and that’s obviously been difficult for him. But he’s put himself out for the team to train and to play, and I just think it’s now at that point where we need to get him right.
“There’s no timeline on it. We just need to assess it and we’ll take it from there”.
The Northern Irishman also spoke about Lucas’s injury and how the club has to cope with the big blow it might prove to be:
Meanwhile, Rodgers spoke of his confidence that Lucas can return from his knee injury ahead of schedule.
“First of all, personally I am disappointed for Lucas because he’s been very, very important for our squad this season. It was something that was innocuous really and has put him out for a few months.
“Hopefully he’ll get back sooner rather than later. He’d been in good form this season and had worked his way back into the Brazil squad. Knowing what he is like, he’ll be back sooner rather than later – and he’ll do everything in his power to get back. In the meantime, that leaves us short of a really good player”.
Rodgers said that Jon Flanagan has resumed full training and has been doing so very well. The 40 year old also spoke about the other injuries and the need for the players to work harder than ever to get themselves fit and help the club maintain the momentum they’ve had so far this season:
“We’ve got to work hard at getting some of these players back fit. We spoke to the injured players this morning and told them we’re moving into a really important period, and they’re very important to what we’re trying to achieve here. I want them to work tirelessly now and even harder to get back as quick as they possibly can. The squad needs them.
“Their reaction was great. We’re all in it together, we’ve just been very unfortunate with injuries to key players – the likes of Lucas adds to that. But we just have to manage with what we’ve got. That’s what we’ll look to do and if we can bring any [players] in then great, and if not then we have what we have.”