So the injury curse has struck Glen Johnson again. After being sidelined with a thigh injury at the start of the season, he is now damaged his hamstring and will be out for a number of weeks. Johnson is quickly catching up with Daniel Agger in the amount of time he has spent on the treatment table since joining Liverpool, and it is slightly concerning that his immediate backup, Martin Kelly has also had his fair share of injuries too.
Kelly is expected to return against Tottenham on Sunday after suffering from his own hamstring injuries, but my worry is that we can spend large chunks of the season without either Johnson or Kelly, leaving us in the position to either pick the inexperienced John Flanagan or to play Martin Skrtel out of position.
Flanagan, as we all know, played well coming into the team at the end of last season when both Johnson and Kelly were absent, but as his positional mistake against Sunderland at the start of the season shows, he is still inexperienced and couldn’t be relied upon to play 20 to 30 matches.
In Skrtel’s case, he looked like Cafu when he played the position against Bolton Wanderers, but as it became clear against Stoke, his lack of mobility, lack of a final ball from wide areas and his passing leave a lot to be desired; all elements which should rule him out of playing the position in the long term.
So should we be concerned about the injury proneness of both Johnson and Kelly? In regards to Kelly, I have spoken before in another article, about his long injury record despite his age, but I am hopeful for an improved season fitness wise from the 21 year old.