Martin Skrtel took to his personal Instagram account to dispel ongoing rumours that he is facing a three-month layoff with a serious hamstring injury. He has, however, confirmed that he will miss six weeks.
Skrtel was forced off in the first-half of Sunday's game against Watford, which Liverpool would go on to lose 3-0. Until now, there had been no official statement on the severity of the injury and some media outlets took advantage, reporting that the Slovakian was facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
But Skrtel underwent a scan at Melwood on Tuesday with the results indicating that it will be a matter of weeks – not months – before he is able to return to action. The 31-year-old took to Instagram to announce the news.
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Speaking to his followers, Skrtel said: "After all rumours going around, I want to say the time I will spend on sideline won't be 3 months...after I suffered a tear in my hamstring and tendon I will be out for 6 weeks. I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before! Thanks for your support!"
Needless to say, the reception to the news has been fairly good from Liverpool fans, but it is still a significant blow for Jurgen Klopp, who has already had to deal with a wide range of injuries in his short reign on Merseyside.
Indeed, Skrtel is set to miss crucial games against Leicester City, Arsenal and Manchester United as well as both Capital One Cup semi-final legs against Stoke City. They will also have to navigate their way past Sunderland, West Ham, Norwich City and FA Cup opponents Exeter before he returns.
Klopp is already having to manage without Simon Mignolet, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner with none expected to be fit for the Boxing Day clash against table-topping Leicester, who have yet to lose an away game this season.
As the Watford game proved, Liverpool's second-choice goalkeeper, Adam Bogdan, might struggle against the in-form Jamie Vardy. If Kolo Toure, who has yet to start a Premier League game this season, is protecting him, it might prove a terrific chance for Leicester to seal another impressive victory.