Arsenal v LIVERPOOL: Alberto Aquilani sidelined through illness

09 February 2010 02:47
Midfielder Alberto Aquilani will miss Liverpool's trip to Arsenal because of illness.

The Italian has been vomiting and manager Rafa Benitez said he was too weak to feature at the Emirates Stadium.

Centre-back Sotirios Kyrgiakos starts a three-match suspension after being sent off in Saturday's fiery Merseyside derby and is also sidelined for forthcoming games against Manchester City and Blackburn.

Sickened: Midfielder Aquilani (left) will not feature at the Emirates Stadium

He is likely to be replaced by Martin Skrtel, who was dropped to the bench at the weekend to allow for the return of Daniel Agger after a month out injured.

Liverpool's only other absentees are striker Fernando Torres (knee), Yossi Benayoun (rib) and Glen Johnson (knee), all of whom are still some way off full fitness.

Provisional squad: Reina, Skrtel, Agger, Carragher, Insua, Gerrard, Lucas, Rodriguez, Riera, Ngog, Kuyt, Cavalieri, Pacheco, Spearing, Darby, Babel, Aurelio, Degen.  

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Source: Daily_Mail