Trending now:   Liverpool  •  Tottenham Hotspur  •  Barcelona  •  Arsenal  •  Manchester United  •  Chelsea  •  Borussia Dortmund  •  Real Madrid  •  Bayern München  •  KACM Marrakech


Teams /  England  / Liverpool 
Liverpool have 22,517 fans
Danny Wilson stands in for Liverpool as Jamie Carragher faces surgery
Andy Hunter - 4 years ago

Roy Hodgson will ask the 18-year-old Danny Wilson to deputise for Jamie Carragher against Steaua Bucharest tomorrow after it was confirmed the Liverpool defender faces as long as three months out with a dislocated shoulder.

Carragher suffered the injury towards the end of Liverpool's defeat at Tottenham on Sunday and had hoped to recover through a six-week rest period. However, following a MRI scan on Merseyside today and consultations between Liverpool's medical department and specialists, it was decided the 32-year-old needs an operation that could sideline him until March.

The Liverpool vice-captain said: "I'll be having surgery at the end of the week. The average is about 12 weeks. I'd like to come back before that but I've got to make sure it's right. It will probably be late February or early March when I'm looking to come back."

Dr Peter Brukner, the club's head of sports medicine and sports science, said: "We decided it was the best option because not having the surgery leaves you with a very high risk of the dislocation happening again – probably more than 50%. We weren't prepared to take that risk."

With Daniel Agger not expected to return from a calf injury until just before Christmas, Liverpool now have only two established centre-halves available for a demanding spell – Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos. Hodgson will therefore turn to Wilson, who has made only one appearance since arriving for an initial £2m from Rangers in the summer – the Carling Cup embarrassment against Northampton Town – for the Europa League tie in Romania.

"Martin Kelly and Danny Wilson will start against Steaua Bucharest and it's a great opportunity for them to stake a claim to be in the first team," said the Liverpool manager, who may recall Daniel Ayala from a loan spell at Hull City. "Not being able to take the points we deserved against Tottenham has kept us in a mid-table position so the next games coming up are going to be very important. I've got to be careful not to risk too many of the players I want out on the field against Aston Villa [on Monday]."

Fernando Torres will be left behind for a game Liverpool need only to draw to qualify for the knockout stage. Hodgson said: "Torres won't travel. I can leave maybe as many as six or seven players who I expect to start against Aston Villa out of the team. It means on paper I'm taking a weakened team, but I believe people like Joe Cole, Ryan Babel, Milan Jovanovic, Wilson, Christian Poulsen and Jonjo Shelvey are more than capable of doing a good job."

Brukner has confirmed Steven Gerrard is on schedule to recover from a hamstring tear in time for the trip to Newcastle United on Saturday week. The Liverpool captain sustained the injury playing for England against France a fortnight ago and, while Monday's home game with Villa is likely to come too soon in his recovery, he is expected to be back in full training next week. "Steven's going well. He's back running, though not back in training," Brukner said. "He's certainly looking good to play the Newcastle game, which has been our target all along. We're hoping he'll be back in training at the start of next week. Everything's gone to plan."

Cole will make his first appearance since 31 October against Steaua. The former Chelsea midfielder had recovered from a hamstring strain before the visit to Tottenham only to suffer a knock in training on the eve of the game. "Joe is in full training and is available for the Europa League game. He'll be travelling to Bucharest," Brukner said. "He just had a minor injury in training on Saturday, which combined with the fact he was coming back after his hamstring problem meant we decided not to risk it. He'll be 100% for Thursday night."

Share your thoughts

Latest News, Blogs & Podcasts

Liverpool - 26 minutes ago
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another injury setback after a foot problem picked up in training ruled him out of a return against Girondins Bordeaux in the Europa League, British med ...
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge suffers a foot problem in training ruling him out of a return against Bordeaux.
Liverpool - 1 hour ago
Daniel Sturridge was expected to return from injury in Liverpool's Europa League clash with Bordeaux, but is ruled out with a fresh problem.
Liverpool - 1 hour ago
Daniel Sturridge has suffered another setback in his battle to return to fitness after being ruled out Liverpool's match with Bordeaux.
Jurgen Klopp says things came together for his side in their 4-1 win against Manchester City but there is still work to do. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Daniel Sturridge is to unde ...
Europa League updates from the 8.05pm GMT clash at AnfieldKlopp wants home win to match rout of Manchester CityEmail or tweet @Paul_Doyle 7.26pm GMT Whispers concerning Stu ...
• England striker was withdrawn from squad for Europa League match• Sturridge only returned to training last week after knee injuryDaniel Sturridge has been sent for a precautionary scan on his fo ...
The former Reds midfielder is confident the 24-year-old Brazilian will prove to be a shrewd signing for the club
Can Manchester United pull off a win over upstart Leicester City? Leicester City -- yes, Leicester City -- are top of the Premier League table. What odds would you have got on that the start of the se ...
Liverpool - 6 hours ago
​Liverpool have been handed a slight boost in their reported chase of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, with ​Here In The City reporting that the German centre-back appears unhappy at the B ...
Philippe Coutinho and Firmino both scored in Liverpool's big 4-1 win at Manchester City on Nov. 21. Isaias Marques Soares isn't a name that will ring many bells among football fans. Apart fr ...
Liverpool - 11 hours ago
Andrew Gibney reveals all about Liverpool's penultimate Europa League group stage opponents from Ligue 1...
Victory or a goalless draw would be enough for Jurgen Klopp's men to qualify for the knockout stages
Liverpool - 15 hours ago
Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool's underwhelming home form in recent weeks is a mere coincidence rather than a structural problem.
Liverpool - 17 hours ago
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is not concerned by his side's home form ahead of tonight's Europa League visit of Bordeaux.
The Croatian centre half believes he can become the Red's "leader" and insists he did not move to Anfield to 'be on the bench'
The defender says it is a "great pleasure" to play under the former Borussia Dortmund boss and is enjoying his own return to the team in the absence of Mamadou Sakho
Jürgen Klopp is unlikely to notice membership of Anfield's early leaving club has declined whether Liverpool are winning or losing against Bordeaux on Thursday night
Dejan Lovren is starting to show why Liverpool paid so much for him, and the Croatian says it is all down to Jürgen Klopp
Kick4Life - changing lives through football