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Groin strain sets back Kewell

Published: Friday 31 December 2004, 11.10CET
Liverpool FC attacker Harry Kewell faces five weeks out but should be fit for the tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

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Published: Friday 31 December 2004, 11.10CET

Groin strain sets back Kewell

Liverpool FC attacker Harry Kewell faces five weeks out but should be fit for the tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

The Liverpool FC attacker Harry Kewell will "be out of action between four and five weeks" with a groin injury, although he should be fit for the first leg of the UEFA Champions League knockout tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

'Injection'
The Australian international sustained the injury in a Premiership victory against Newcastle United FC on 19 December. After learning that Kewell would not need surgery, the Reds hoped to be able to call on the 26-year-old in early January. However, a club spokesman told Liverpool's official website: "[Kewell] saw a specialist and had an injection in his groin. He is likely to be out of action between four and five weeks."

Home first leg
Kewell played in all of Liverpool's group stage games, a six-match sequence which ended with a 3-1 victory against Olympiacos CFP that secured the four-time European champions a place in the last 16 of the Champions League. Kewell will hope to be match-fit for the home first leg against Leverkusen on 22 February, but should definitely be in contention for the trip to Germany on 9 March.

Last updated: 31/12/04 16.17CET

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