Fears over the fitness of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard continue to grow after the midfielder missed Saturday's 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
Kenny Dalglish confirmed that an ankle infection was the key to his absence at the Hawthorns, with fluid drained from the area as the club anxiously wait results from Liverpool hospital following the procedure.
“Steven has got an infection in his ankle. He was in our minds for the game, it just flared up,” said 'King Kenny pre-match.
“It’s nothing to do with any injuries before, it’s an infection. I suppose it’s like having an abscess on your mouth. We can be more accurate next week than we can be just now.”
Whilst initial hopes that a quick recovery was in the offing, concerns became greater yesterday after the player was pictured on crutches leaving the hospital.
Another lay-off would be dreadful news for Gerrard, who has missed large sections of 2011 with a groin injury. After surgery towards the end of last season, and infection in the area led to the 31-year-old missing the start of the current campaign.
Following a handful of substitute appearances, a goal on starting return against arch-rivals Manchester United appeared to signal Gerrard's comeback, but an innocuous cut on the ankle is now proving to be another hurdle for the skipper to overcome.
At international level, Gerrard is also now likely to miss friendlies against Spain and Sweden in mid-November, and his lack of appearances for the Three Lions makes his previously automatic starting spot a doubt for Euro 2012.