Rodgers gives latest Liverpool injury update ahead of Arsenal encounter

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reveals that injured defender Glen Johnson is making good progress

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson won’t face Arsenal on Saturday – but has revealed the pair are nearing a return to first-team action.

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England international Johnson hasn’t featured for Liverpool since a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa at Anfield last month, with the right-back suffering from niggling injuries.

They’ll not be back for this one, but we’re hopeful that next week [they will be back]

Brendan Rodgers

Meanwhile, Reds vice-captain Daniel Agger has been nursing an groin problem which the Danish centre-half picked up in a 2-0 victory over Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup in January.

“No, they’ll not be back for this one, but we’re hopeful that next week [they will be back],” Rodgers told his pre-match media conference ahead of their clash against Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

“Glen Johnson is making a great recovery, so there might be a point towards the middle or end of next week [when he can return]. Daniel Agger will hopefully be next week at some stage.”

Liverpool centre-half Mamadou Sakho is another long-term absentee after the France international suffered a hamstring injury in a 2-1 loss Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in December.

And Rodgers admitted that the 24-year-old isn’t close to making a comeback.

“Sakho is still out for a little bit, but apart from that we will be the same as what we have been for the weekend,” added Rodgers.

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