Aquilani misses Benfica clash
Alberto Aquilani has been ruled out of Liverpool's Europa League first leg clash with Benfica.
Last Updated: 31/03/10 5:21pm
Alberto Aquilani has been ruled out of Liverpool's Europa League quarter-final first leg clash with Benfica.
The Italy international sustained an ankle injury in training on Wednesday morning and he will not fly out with the squad to Lisbon.
The news is the latest blow to hit his hopes of establishing himself in Rafa Benitez's plans.
Aquliani, who arrived at Liverpool from Roma last summer with an ankle problem, has made just eight starts and 11 substitute appearances this season.
"He will not be available for this game," said Benitez.
"He had a problem with his ankle this morning and we have to fix it.
"It doesn't seem too serious but it's the same ankle as before and so we'll
have to analyse the situation carefully."
Benitez also confirmed defender Martin Kelly will undergo a knee operation which will rule him out of action for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old defender tore the meniscus - a similar problem to the one which resulted in striker Fernando Torres having surgery in January which sidelined him for five weeks - in training on Saturday.