Liverpool and England full-back Glen Johnson has been ruled out for a further five weeks after a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
The 27-year-old made his first appearance of the season as an 81st minute substitute against Stoke City on Saturday.
However, Johnson suffered a relapse in his bid to regain full fitness, and now appears a major doubt for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro, and The Reds' trip to Everton and visit of Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League
"Can't believe my luck at the mo. Done my hamstring again. Hopefully be back soon," Johnson said on Twitter.
Kenny Dalglish has further worries in the right back position, with Martin Kelly also on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, an injury that makes him unlikely to figure against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
The Scot may be forced to turn to England Under-21 international John Flanagan as he looks to patch up his back four, with Martin Skrtel, who stood in at full-back at the Britannia Stadium, being moved to centre-back to help deal with the threat of Emmanuel Adebayor.
While both club and country are left ruing the loss of Johnson, the return to training of Steven Gerrard is cause for renewed optimism.
The 31-year-old club captain hasn't played for the club since the victory over Manchester United in March, but now appears on course to return to the fold in time for the Merseyside derby at the start of October.
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