Kewell may miss three months
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool winger Harry Kewell could miss the rest of the season through injury.Harry Kewell could miss the rest of the season if he accepts the advice of a leading physiotherapist.
The Liverpool winger has been plagued by injury problems this season, with a groin complaint appearing to be the most serious issue.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez expressed his frustration at Kewell earlier in the week after the Australian was ruled out of the UEFA Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen.
Kewell declared he was willing to return to the team as soon as possible but he could now be sidelined for the next three months.
Andre Van Alphen, an Amsterdam-based sports physiotherapist, has advised Kewell he should rest for that length of time if he does not want to jeopardise his career.
"My opinion is for a good conventional treatment period so the body gets time to heal and recuperate," said Van Alphen.
"This will take about three months to full fitness. It is impossible to recover while playing football."
Australia's national team coach Frank Farina has suggested that Kewell would benefit from an extended rest to cure his groin problems once and for all.
Farina told the Melbourne Age newspaper: "I saw his comeback game after seven or eight weeks out and he did quite well but it wasn't the Harry of old.
"He is very frustrated that he can't perform at his best. What happens next is a decision for the club to make, the medical staff and Harry himself."