Liverpool have announced that Slovak defender Martin Skrtel sustained a broken metatarsal in Thursday night's Europa League victory against Unirea Urziceni.
Skrtel was stretchered off after a second-half clash with Antonio Semedo as the Reds won 3-1 to reach the last 16 with a 4-1 aggregate score and Reds manager Rafael Benitez spoke post-match of his worries about a defender who has been a first-choice throughout the 2009-10 season.
Benitez was dismissive of the incident and criticised Semedo as making a "bad tackle". With a knee injury to Glen Johnson at right-back forcing Jamie Carragher out to the flanks for much of the season, Benitez now faces a rethink of his defensive options.
Greek central defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos still has one game of a suspension to complete meaning Benitez may have to look to the likes of Phillipp Degen and Martin Kelly when Blackburn Rovers are welcomed to Anfield on Sunday.
Sktrel now faces a fight to play any further part in this season and perhaps a race for play at the World Cup in South Africa.