Skrtel suffers setback

Image: Skrtel: The centre-back has not played in any of Liverpool's pre-season friendlies

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel admits he does not know when he will return to full fitness.

Defender returns to doctors regarding ongoing calf injury

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel admits he does not know when he will return to full fitness after suffering another injury setback. The Slovakia international was an ever-present in the Premier League last season, but Kenny Dalglish's club have let in 15 goals in five pre-season games in the centre-back's absence. Skrtel has not played in any of Liverpool's friendlies due to an ongoing calf injury and has pulled out of an international against Austria next week as a result. He is now receiving medical treatment, but no date has been set for his comeback ahead of Liverpool's first game of the season against Sunderland on 13th August.

Treatment

"I suffered an injury setback on Friday," Skrtel wrote on his personal website at a time when Liverpool are being linked with a transfer for a new centre-back. "I felt strong pain in my leg so I am back with the doctors receiving treatment. "I really don't know how long will it take to heal. I am doing my best to be back as soon as possible." Dalglish, though, has been boosted by the return to fitness of injury-prone Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio. The Liverpool boss said: "Fabio is training now but Martin has not joined in with us yet so we will wait and see."

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