Monday 28 December 2015 08:08, UK
Liverpool have suffered another injury blow after Martin Skrtel revealed he will be sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury.
The Slovakia international was forced off in the first half of Liverpool's 3-0 defeat at Watford and a scan confirmed the extent of the problem.
The player was quick to dispel rumours of a three-month absence, but confirmed on social media he does not expect to feature again until February.
Skrtel said: "After all rumours going around, I want to say the time I will spend on the sideline won't be three months.
"After I suffered a tear in my hamstring and tendon, I will be out for six weeks. I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before. Thanks for your support."
If Skrtel's prognosis is correct, he will miss six league games against Leicester City, Sunderland, West Ham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Norwich City.
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He will also sit out the Capital One Cup semi-final against Stoke City and the FA Cup third round tie at Exeter City.
Skrtel's absence is another problem for manager Jurgen Klopp, who is already without Dejan Lovren (knee) until January while Mamadou Sakho only returned from his own knee injury at Vicarage Road last weekend.