Kolo Toure Injury: Update on Liverpool Defender's Groin, Potential Return Date
Liverpool were dealt an unfortunate blow on Tuesday, as new defender Kolo Toure was stretchered off against Notts County with a groin injury.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 28
Phil Kirkbride of the LiverPool Echo reports Kolo is "a major doubtful" for Sunday's match against Manchester United. He also spoke with Steven Gerrard about Kolo's injury:
“There’s no doubt playing extra time was a blow for us. Kolo’s injury came in extra time. He wouldn’t have done that during normal time. We have ourselves to blame for his injury. We have to take responsibility for that.
There’s an international break coming up, so fingers crossed he doesn’t miss that many games for Liverpool.
Sunday is a massive game. Kolo has started the season very strongly and we will be very disappointed if he is not fit for the weekend.”
The team's official Twitter account had the news:
The severity of the injury is still unknown, but Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, via pitchside announcer Peter McDowall, gave a very concerning update:
Toure (groin) & Allen (hamstring) will be assessed tomorrow. "Toure isn't looking so good" according to Brendan Rodgers. #LFC— Peter McDowall (@Petermcdowall10) August 27, 2013
It would have been difficult for Toure's injury to come at a less opportune time.
Locked in a 2-2 battle with the Magpies, Liverpool had already lost Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen to injuries, and had zero substitutes remaining in extra time.
Nevertheless, despite the Reds being forced to play with 10 men after Toure's departure, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson were able to find late goals to help Rodgers' boys advance to the third round of the Capital One Cup (or League Cup, as it is better known).
Still, if Toure's injury turns out to be serious, the bad of Tuesday's events may end up outweighing the good.
Coming over from Manchester City on a free transfer this summer, the veteran Ivory Coast centre-back has given Liverpool another dependable option in the back.
In his first two EPL appearances in a red shirt—you know, not counting the seven seasons with Arsenal—he has accumulated 14 clearances, two interceptions and four tackles, per Squawka and WhoScored.com.
Moreover, as Liverpool's Twitter account pointed out before his injury, he was connecting on his passes at an unbelievable level of accuracy:
Kolo Toure has played more passes than anyone on the field - 85 - and has an incredible accuracy of 97.6 per cent #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 27, 2013
This is hardly an injury Liverpool fans want to see after a very encouraging start to the season, but with Manchester United coming to Anfield on Sunday, the timing becomes even worse.
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