Liverpool's Agger added to growing list if injury concerns

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces fresh injury woes with Daniel Agger unlikely to feature in his side's Capital One Cup tie with Manchester United on Wednesday. 

Agger featured in Liverpool's 0-1 loss to Southampton at the weekend but was substituted with 30 minutes to go after aggravating a rib injury.

He was replaced by Jose Enrique who is also a fitness concern having not been 100% for several weeks.

The Reds go into Wednesday's away match hoping to bounce back from their first defeat of the season while United will be hoping to erase the memory of their 4-1 humbling at the hands of Manchester City on Sunday.

"We’ll see how he is for the game,” said Rodgers of Agger.

"He could be a doubt for that game [against United] as he has not quite recovered. We wanted to give him time at the weekend, but unfortunately he was struggling with his breathing because he got a knock to his ribs.

"But we’ll see. He’s a player who makes a good recovery and we’ll see over the next 24 hours how he gets on for the game on Wednesday."

He added on Enrique: "We've had to taper his load in training because he's had this niggle now for a few weeks and obviously we're in a period where we have three games this week." 

"We decided to miss him out at the weekend to allow him to be involved over these next couple of games.

"It was just unfortunate that Aly Cissokho was out with injury or else he would have been able to step in and Jose might have been able to rest that wee bit more.

"But he's training and he's fine. We just need to protect his load and the last thing we wanted to do was lose him."

Rodgers also spoke of the need to get Glenn Johnson back as soon as possible, citing his attacking prowess as a big miss over the last weeks.

“Glen is the type of player that you don’t realise until he’s not in the team, what you are missing," he added.

"He is athletic and he started the season very, very well. Against Manchester United he was outstanding.

"He’s got the boot off his foot and he is working very hard. Hopefully in the next couple of weeks he will be back."

Liverpool are also without the influential midfielder Philippe Coutinho who was injured earlier this month against Swansea and needed an operation to stabilise the injury.

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