Roy fretting on defensive duo
Roy Hodgson is hoping Paul Konchesky and Martin Skrtel are fighting fit for Sunday's clash against Man Utd.
By Elliot Ball
Last Updated: 07/01/11 4:42pm
Roy Hodgson is hoping Paul Konchesky and Martin Skrtel are fighting fit for Sunday's FA Cup third round clash against Manchester United.
Both defenders featured in Liverpool's 3-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday but have injury complaints to contend with.
Skrtel, who has been an ever-present in the Premier League, is doubtful with a stomach strain, while Konchesky picked up a dead leg at Ewood Park and could miss out on the trip to Old Trafford.
Hodgson confirmed on Liverpool's official website: "This morning wasn't quite so good. Paul Konchesky got a dead leg in the game and Martin Skrtel has got a slight stomach strain but the prognosis is that both will be fit to train tomorrow, in which case that would just leave us with Jamie Carragher injured.
"That's quite fantastic at this late stage of the season - to have so few players unavailable. I'm just hoping Skrtel and Konchesky make themselves available as well."
Hodgson confirmed Raul Meireles has overcome ankle bruising to make himself available for selection for this weekend and the Reds boss has hinted he could start the Portugal midfielder along with Lucas Leiva and Steven Gerrard.
Of Meireles, Hodgson added: "He's made a remarkably quick recovery and it's one of the few times in a long time that we've been able to consider Lucas, Steven Gerrard and Meireles on the pitch together.
"First Steven Gerrard was out for six weeks and then Raul Meireles got injured. It's good to have the three of those available to play."