Johnson adds to Rodgers’ defensive headache

Liverpool have been dealt a major blow after learning that Glen Johnson’s ankle injury will keep him out of action for a significant period of time. The right-back has been an ever-present for Liverpool this season, making 17 league appearances and playing a key role in the club’s promising first half of the season.

In the same week that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed in the football news that he will be without the services of Lucas Leiva for the next two months with a knee injury, the loss of Johnson could well be a more damaging blow to the club’s hopes during the second half of this season.

With Mamadou Sakho, Jose Enrique, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Agger all already sidelined with injury, Johnson’s ankle injury has dealt Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions League a huge blow. With his defensive options limited, Rodgers could be forced to dip into the transfer market in a bid to find some cover.

Rodgers admitted Johnson had been playing through the pain-barrier already with his injury but revealed the England international would be missing from the team for the foreseeable future.

“Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team but unfortunately he’s struggled a lot. The timeline he’ll be out will be indefinitely. We’ll just need to assess that and see how quickly he comes through that,” admitted the Liverpool manager.

While the loss of Johnson will be a blow to Liverpool fans, England supporters could be forgiven for taking the positives from the fact the number-one right back will now be sidelined for two months. With the World Cup coming up in the summer, this spell away from the Liverpool team could be a benefit to England in Brazil.

Johnson adds to Rodgers’ defensive headache
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