Liverpool are fearing the worst as they prepare to learn the extent of Christian Benteke's hamstring injury.
A report in the Telegraph claims their £32.5million summer signing will have a scan on the affliction today and is a serious doubt for this weekend's game against his former club, Aston Villa.
Danny Ings is set to start Liverpool's Capital One Cup tie against Carlisle on Wednesday and may be called upon again on Saturday afternoon when the Reds welcome Tim Sherwood's side to Anfield.
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But the former Burnley man could get an extended run in the team if Liverpool's medical team are right. The feeling is that Benteke is facing a lengthy lay-off after sustaining the injury in a 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday.
First-team coach Gary McAllister confirmed in the same report that Ings is ready to take the Belgian's place up front after working hard in training.
“Danny Ings came on and it was really refreshing to see his performance,” said McAllister.
“He has been working his socks off on the training ground and it is not by a fluke that he scored. It is because of his hard work.”
Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to have Benteke available soon after losing his captain Jordan Henderson to a broken foot. The midfielder had recently returned to training following a heel injury, but suffered a set-back and has had to undergo surgery.
The Liverpool manager, who is under pressure after another disappointing result against Norwich, will have to resist the temptation to rush Daniel Sturridge back into first-team action.
Sturridge recently returned from a long-standing injury and started against the Canaries, but having struggled with a number of injuries over the last 12 months, the England international will need time to return to full fitness.
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