Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be out of action for three weeks after a scan revealed a torn hamstring.
Gerrard was replaced after 16 minutes of Wednesday’s FA Cup replay against Everton, which Liverpool lost 1-0. The midfielder will now miss Saturday’s match against Portsmouth, England’s friendly against Spain next week and the visit of Manchester City. Gerrard, 28, also faces a race against time to be fit for the Champions League tie against Real Madrid on 25 February. The absence of Gerrard is a blow to Liverpool’s title credentials having scored 11 goals for them in the league this season.
Liverpool are two points behind champions Manchester United, who have played a game less.
“A scan today has confirmed a tear in the hamstring of Steven’s left leg,” a spokesman told the club’s official website.
“He will be out of action for about three weeks.”