Aurelio adds to Liverpool woes as Benayoun and Riera are sidelined

12 November 2009 05:41
Lay-off: Fabio Aurelio has suffered a number of injury setbacks this season

Liverpool have been dealt yet a further injury blow after it emerged that Fabio Aurelio has been cut from the Brazil squad because of his calf injury.

Reds boss Rafa Benitez has also announced that Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera could be out for at least three weeks with hamstring injuries, adding to a lengthening injury list which includes star players Fernando Torres and captain Steven Gerrard.

Left-back Aurelio did not train with Brazil in Doha today and it is suggested that he did not even join up with the squad after suffering a further muscle strain in his left calf.

However, the Brazilian federation would not confirm that the 30-year-old had been removed from the squad until receiving the relevant paperwork from Liverpool.

Aurelio had been expected to make his international debut against England on Saturday but could now face a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

Benayoun and Riera both limped out of Monday's Barclays Premier League draw against Birmingham at Anfield, adding to manager Rafael Benitez's injury concerns.

Cursed: Yossi Benayoun injured a hamstring against Birmingham

Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson also suffered injuries in the same game.

Manager Rafael Benitez said of Benayoun and Riera: "We will have to wait and see how they progress but hopefully in three weeks they could be available.

"We are disappointed because there are too many things at the moment that we can't change.

Night of pain: Injury also force Albert Riera out of the Birmingham match

"Both players are wingers as well and for them to be out at the same time is bad news for us.

"Daniel Agger felt something in his back after the Birmingham game and didn't go with Denmark after we spoke with their doctor and manager.

"I think he could be back training again in a few days.

"Glen Johnson's was a strange situation because he finished the game on Monday and then travelled to London to be with England.

"He felt something in his hamstring and came back to us for a scan. Hopefully it's not too serious and he could be available again in a week."

Torres missed the game after beginning a rehabilitation programme on a niggling groin problem but Gerrard appeared as a substitute and scored the equalising goal in the 2-2 draw after overcoming his groin injury.

Benitez said: "With Fernando Torres we are talking about two or three weeks of treatment and working with the physios.

"I was talking with him this morning and he is doing well. Hopefully he can be running in a few days and we will see how he progresses.

"It was good to have Steven Gerrard back on Monday night. He is feeling OK and should be training fully with the other players we have here in a few days.

"Sometimes a break comes at a bad time because you don't like to see your players flying all over the world, but this time it gives us a chance to get some players back."

The international break will also give Liverpool some respite from a dreadful run of form, the Reds having won just one of their last nine games in all competitions.

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