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Luis García adds to Liverpool woes

Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 9.44CET
Liverpool FC' striker Luis García has suffered an injury which will rule him out of the final Group A match.

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Published: Wednesday 24 November 2004, 9.44CET

Luis García adds to Liverpool woes

Liverpool FC' striker Luis García has suffered an injury which will rule him out of the final Group A match.
Liverpool FC forward Luis García will miss the English club's final UEFA Champions League group stage match against Olympiacos CFP because of injury.

Early knock
The 26-year-old was hurt in the second minute of the 1-0 defeat at AS Monaco FC last night, and was immediately replaced. Tests revealed a suspected torn hamstring, with medical staff claiming the Spaniard could be out of action for at least a month. That would rule him out of the visit of Olympiacos on 8 December when Liverpool must win to have a chance of reaching the first knockout round.

Striking problems
Liverpool coach Rafael Benítez could have a major selection headache on Matchday 6 as first-choice strikers Djibril Cissé and Milan Baroš are already sidelined. Last night, the Spaniard started with compatriot Luis García in a withdrawn role behind the inexperienced Neil Mellor. However, after the injury, Benítez was forced to send on full-back Josemi as substitute and push Steve Finnan into a five-man midfield.

Last updated: 24/11/04 12.07CET

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