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Glen Johnson may face lengthy lay-off

Glen Johnson will miss Liverpool’s next two Premier League games with an ankle injury and could spend even longer on the sidelines.

Glen Johnson hobbled off injured during Liverpool's victory over Manchester United.
Glen Johnson hobbled off injured during Liverpool's victory over Manchester United.

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The right-back sprained his ankle towards the end of the 1-0 Premier League victory over Manchester United on September 1. The injury has forced him to sit out two England World Cup qualifiers -- last Friday’s 4-0 win over Moldova and Tuesday’s meeting with Ukraine in Kiev.

Liverpool confirmed last Tuesday that Johnson would undergo an assessment on his injury at their Melwood training ground.

The club have so far refused to put a timescale on his recovery, amid reports that the 29-year-old could be sidelined for up to ten weeks, which would keep him out of England’s final two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland at Wembley in October.

Sources have told ESPN FC that the 29-year-old will, at the very least, be unavailable for the Premier League leaders’ trip to Swansea next Monday, and the home game against Southampton on September 21.

Liverpool, who have kept clean sheets in all three of their Premier League games so far, have been beset by defensive injuries in the early weeks of the season.

Left-back Aly Cissokho is likely to be out until early October with an ankle injury suffered during a 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over Notts County on August 27, and centre-back Kolo Toure is recovering from a groin problem sustained during the same match.

Toure missed the win over Manchester United as a result, but is back in training and is expected to be fit for the trip to Swansea. Martin Skrtel, who replaced Toure against United, would be the player most likely to make way.


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