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Netherlands injury sidelines Kuyt for a month

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt will be out for three to four weeks with the ankle injury he suffered playing for Holland against Sweden on Tuesday.

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In a further blow for Roy Hodgson, defender Daniel Agger had to come off in the first half of Denmark's clash with Cyprus, throwing his comeback from a groin problem in doubt ahead of the weekend's crucial Merseyside derby against Everton.

Dutch forward Kuyt was taken to hospital in an ambulance after landing awkwardly following an aerial challenge in the first half. Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk said he feared the injury was "serious" and that initial predictions forecasted a long time on the sidelines for Kuyt. However, the news is better for Liverpool.

"The initial rumours coming out of Holland were that it was going to be a really long injury, maybe months," Hodgson told "But our Doctor and our sports science people are much more optimistic. They think it is more likely to be one month - or if we are lucky three weeks.

"He seriously twisted his ankle with ligament damage and we are going to miss him for some matches that's for sure."

He added: "He does recover very quickly and the thing about Dirk is that he is always anxious to get back on the football field. If it can done in three weeks it will be three. If it can be two he'll do it in two - but we are looking at a lay-off.

"It's disappointing because it is the second time he has gone away with the national team and come back and missed weeks for us."


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