Broken nose for Crouch
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Crouch suffered a broken nose during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
Peter Crouch suffered a broken nose during Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield.
The angular striker was caught by Blades forward Rob Hulse's boot during a skirmish in the penalty area midway through the first half.
The incident occurred after referee Steve Bennett had awarded a penalty for Rob Kozluk's foul on Steven Gerrard.
Crouch was replaced by Dirk Kuyt and left the field on a stretcher, with blood streaming from the wound.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has now confirmed that the England international has broken his nose.
"Crouch has a broken nose and needed stitches, but it's not serious," said Benitez.
"He is okay and I was talking to him after the game."
The Reds have not revealed whether the injury will force Crouch to miss any games, with arch-rivals Manchester United next up at Anfield in a week's time.