Reds suffer Spaniard setback
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Antonio Barragan has been sidelined for between five and six weeks due to injury.
Liverpool's Antonio Barragan has been sidelined for between five and six weeks due to injury.
The 18-year-old Spanish defender underwent keyhole surgery on Thursday in a bid to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.
Barragan has made just once appearance for manager Rafael Benitez - a substitute outing in The Reds' UEFA Champions League tie against CSKA Sofia - since joining from Sevilla in the summer.
While a regular in the reserves, the setback is a major blow to the player's hopes of carving out a name for himself at Anfield.
Benitez already has to contend with the loss of Steven Gerrard, who sustained a shin injury while on England duty, for the visit of Blackburn on Saturday.