Liverpool FC manager Rafael Benítez was dealt yet another setback when key midfield player Xabi Alonso broke his ankle in a challenge with Frank Lampard during his side's 1-0 defeat by Premiership leaders Chelsea FC on Saturday.
Alonso, who should return just in time for Liverpool's UEFA Champions League first knockout round first-leg tie against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 22 February, is the latest in a long line of casualties to hamper the Anfield club. Harry Kewell is sidelined with a groin strain, Milan Baroš is out with a hamstring injury while Vladimír Šmicer (knee) and Djibril Cissé (broken leg) are long-term absentees.
Lampard was booked for the challenge but Benitez said: "We've lost Xabi for five to six weeks. It is a big blow but we have a good squad so we have players who can come into midfield." Alonso joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad de Fútbol for €16m during the summer.
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