Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says his knee ligament injury is not serious and is confident he will make a swift return to action.
Skrtel was due to join up with Slovakia for international duty this week but remained in England to receive further treatment, yet he expects to return to training “in the next few days”.
Writing on his personal website, martin-skrtel.com, he said: “I stretched ligaments in my knee. Luckily it is not a serious injury.
“I can basically run but it hurts when I kick the ball. I can feel the pain in the back of my knee. It is not one of the major muscles but it is still not very comfortable.
“I spoke with Mr [Jan] Kozak, who is a new coach of Slovakia, and I also spoke with the medical staff and we agreed that it would be better when I stay in Liverpool. I hope it is not a serious injury, though, and I want to be back on the pitch as soon as possible.”
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Reds striker Daniel Sturridge, meanwhile, continued to build up his fitness as he scored two penalties in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Newcastle on Tuesday.
Sturridge, who played 45 minutes of the recent friendly defeat to Celtic, has been struggling with an ankle injury he sustained on international duty with England in May but looks to be on course for this weekend’s Premier League opener with Stoke.
Liverpool beat Newcastle 3-1 in Tuesday’s game, which was arranged specifically to improve Sturridge’s fitness.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report