Benitez holds Skrtel hope
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has hinted that defender Martin Skrtel could be fit to face Stoke.
Last Updated: 18/08/09 4:13pm
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has hinted that defender Martin Skrtel could be fit to face Stoke City at Anfield on Wednesday.
The centre-back sustained a jaw injury in Sunday's defeat at Tottenham following an accidental clash of heads with team-mate Jamie Carragher.
Skrtel's agent recently announced that the Slovakian could be sidelined for two weeks, but Benitez is more optimistic.
The Reds boss will make a late decision on Wednesday about whether the former Zenit St Petersburg player can face Stoke after he returned to training on Tuesday.
"Skrtel was training this morning and we will see tomorrow," Benitez, who has no concerns over the fitness of Carragher, told Sky Sports News.
But defender Daniel Agger is no closer to regaining full fitness, with Benitez expecting the Dane to be sidelined for at least another fortnight with a back problem.
"Agger will be out for at least two or three more weeks. So we have a problem there," added Benitez.