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Liverpool lose duo for three months

Published: Wednesday 5 January 2005, 20.35CET
Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland each face surgery and a lengthy absence.

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Published: Wednesday 5 January 2005, 20.35CET

Liverpool lose duo for three months

Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland each face surgery and a lengthy absence.
Liverpool FC announced today that midfield player Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland each face surgery and three months out.

Thursday surgery
Alonso will undergo surgery tomorrow on his left ankle which was broken following a challenge from Frank Lampard in the New Year's Day defeat by Chelsea FC. The club initially thought that the Spanish international would require six weeks to recuperate, but that time has now been doubled.

Back injury
Kirkland will have keyhole surgery on a disc in his lower back on Friday. The 23-year-old has been plagued by injury at Anfield following a near €10m move from Coventry City FC in 2001 and has played just 25 Premiership matches in that time.

Leverkusen next
Should the Reds defeat Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, both players should be fit for the quarter-final first leg on 5/6 April.

Pellegrino arrival
Meanwhile, Liverpool have completed the signing of Valencia CF defender Mauricio Pellegrino. The Argentinian centre-half has rarely figured under coach Claudio Ranieri and was available on a free transfer following the dissolution of his contract at the Mestalla. The 33-year-old played in 2000 and 2001 Champions League finals but would not be eligible to represent Liverpool this term in that competition.
Last updated: 06/01/05 17.45CET

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