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Dudek faces lengthy lay-off

An elbow fracture suffered in training will keep Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek out for up to 12 weeks.

Liverpool FC goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has been ruled out for up to 12 weeks after suffering a fracture-dislocation of his elbow during training.

Title defence
"Jerzy saw a specialist and he will be out of action for three months," a club spokesman said, meaning the Polish international would miss much of Liverpool's UEFA Champions League defence should they overcome PFC CSKA Sofia to reach the group stage.

Reina reign
The impact on the Premiership outfit is not as great as it could have been, however, following this summer's arrival of José Manuel Reina from Villarreal CF. The injury also means the 32-year-old out will sit out Poland's 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifiers games against Austria and Wales in September, before meeting Group 6 leaders England on 12 October.

Traore out