Date: 30th November 2013 at 10:00am
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Liverpool have been dealt a serious injury blow with the news that star striker Daniel Sturridge left Melwood on crutches after hurting his ankle in training.

The Liverpool Echo says:

Sturridge, who left the training ground on crutches, has been sent for a scan to determine the extent of the injury amid fears he has suffered ankle ligament damage.

Losing Sturridge for a significant length of time would be a serious blow to Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification as they prepare for a hectic December with seven Premier League matches.

His absence would increase the burden on Luis Suarez.

If it is ankle ligament damage, it could mean Sturridge is out of action for up to 6 weeks and with the hectic Christmas period coming up, this could derail Liverpool’s push for a top four finish.

If Sturridge is out for a long time then Suarez is going to have to lead the line by himself which is something he is capable of doing. It would mean that the likes of Victor Moses, Luis Alberto or Joe Allen would have to step up and fill in for Sturridge.

There was also an injury concern regarding Martin Skrtel at Melwood on Friday as he was studded in the shin by Jordan Ibe.

The Daily Mail says:

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel was left on the ground in pain with stud marks on his shin after being injured at training on Friday.

Skrtel was caught by a challenge by 17-year-old forward Jordon Ibe during the session and was given treatment by the club physio as his face showed his agony.

The Liverpool centre back, who was not wearing shin pads during training, must now be a doubt for the match against Hull on Sunday.

Hopefully this is not a serious injury to Skrtel and he will be fit to face Hull on Sunday. Brendan Rodgers praised Skrtel’s performance this season as he said he arguably has been the best central defender in the Premier League this season.

Rodgers said on Liverpoolfc.com, “Martin Skrtel has been arguably one of the best centre-halves in the league in the last 12 or 13 games. He’s been outstanding. He’s shown the things that we have spoken about over the last season and he was able to put them into practice when he got the chance.”