Kewell blow for Reds
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Australian international sustained ankle ligament damage in the closing stages of their Carling Cup defeat against Bolton and will be out for up to three weeks.
The news is a worry for Reds boss Gerard Houllier as Kewell will now be racing against time to be fit for the busy Christmas schedule.
Houllier is also still without Michael Owen through injury and the lack of both Kewell and Owen is a huge headache for the Frenchman as he prepares his troops for a testing trip to Newcastle.
"It is a blow for us. Harry took a whack on his ankle with his last kick of the game against Bolton and suffered ankle ligament damage," Houllier told the club's website.
"He will be out for between two and three weeks. Obviously we are disappointed because Harry and Michael Owen give us a lot of attacking efficiency and we are without them both at the moment.
"Harry has done well since he has come to the club. He has provided the missing link between midfield and attack and has scored some important goals."
The news is yet another blow for Houllier who has struggled with injuries all term and he must now try and lift his side for the crunch visit to St James' Park without Owen and Kewell.
"Sometimes it is good as it gives others the chance to shine. It's a time to stand up and take responsibility because you don't win things with 11 players, you need a good squad," added Houllier.
"My regret at the moment is we have six first team players out injured. Michael Owen, Harry Kewell, Steve Finnan, Stephane Henchoz, Jamie Carragher and Milan Baros could all have figured in the side at Newcastle time. It's a frustrating time but we just have to get on with it.
"Having six players out is a lot. Sometimes you have one, two or three missing, but to have six out of the side is very unfortunate for us.
"All players are aware Michael plays a big part in out offensive efficiency and every big team has a big striker - Shearer at Newcastle, Henry at Arsenal and van Nistelrooy at Manchester United.
"It's unfortunate at the moment without Michael and Harry because both can score goals for us, but this is life in football and sometimes you go through difficult periods."