Brendan Rodgers revealed some good news on the injury front today. Kolo Toure’s injury is not as bad as feared and there is a chance the center back could play against Manchester United this weekend.
“I think we were all thinking that he might be out for longer after the game, but he’s made an excellent recovery,” Rodgers said. “The diagnosis isn’t anywhere near as bad as we thought, so we’ll see how he is for this weekend.”
Toure had to be stretchered off the pitch with a groin injury in extra time of Liverpool’s nervy 4-2 win over Notts County in the Capital One Cup. Initial reports indicated that he could be out for up to a month, which would have left the Reds in a bind for the United game. The only other available CBs would have been Martin Skrtel, whose form has dipped and is returning from injury, and Andre Wisdom, whose experience at CB is limited after being moved from right back over the summer.
Less positive news was confirmation that new left back Aly Cissokho will be out four to six weeks with the ankle injury he sustained early in his debut Tuesday.
Rodgers also revealed that midfielder Joe Allen will be available after the international break as he recovers from a hamstring strain.