Rafa plays down Carra concern
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful Jamie Carragher will be fit for next week's opener at Tottenham.
Last Updated: 08/08/09 6:10pm
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is hopeful Jamie Carragher will be fit for next week's Premier League opener at Tottenham after suffering an injury scare.
Carragher was forced to limp off after just 15 minutes of Saturday's pre-season defeat to Atletico Madrid with an ankle problem.
However, Benitez has played down the extent of the injury and revealed Carragher was only withdrawn as a precaution.
"He's okay," said Benitez when asked about Carragher's fitness.
"He twisted his ankle and it was just a precaution to bring him off because we have had problems with the other centre-backs and we wanted to protect him."
Carragher's defensive colleagues Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger are both facing a race to be fit for the trip to White Hart Lane, but Benitez is confident all three could be available for the big kick-off, live on Sky Sports 1.
"We will have to wait now, the three players are injured, but improving so I think they will be fit for the next game," added Benitez.