Carragher injury blow for Liverpool

LIVERPOOL face the prospect of having to save their season without their two most senior players after vice-captain Jamie Carragher dislocated his shoulder during yesterday’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham to join captain Steven Gerrard on the sidelines.

Gerrard is already out of action for a total of three or four weeks with a hamstring injury suffered on England duty and now Carragher has fallen victim to the Anfield curse, too.

He had to leave the field clutching his arm in the 85th minute and manager Roy Hodgson says the diagnosis is not good.

“It’s very bad,” he revealed. “It’s a disappointing thing to happen on his 450th appearance in the Premier League. We’ll now be without him and Steven Gerrard and they are the lifeblood of our club.

“We seem to be dogged by cruel luck and cruel results after losing a match in which we played so well and lost our talismanic centre half. It’s a dislocated shoulder. He could be out for a number of weeks, it’s a serious injury.

“It’s unfortunate because Steven Gerrard’s injury also came at a bad time. But overall we’re not badly off compared to some other clubs. Steven is making big strides and I don’t think he’ll be out for much longer.”

Hodgson’s mood was hardly improved by Aaron Lennon’s late, late winner at White Hart Lane that condemned Liverpool to defeat and saw them drop to 10th in the Premier League.

And in a season when the club is desperate for a cup run to raise morale there was more bad news when the Reds were drawn away to league leaders Manchester United in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

Tottenham also have their injury problems after both Rafael van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul went off injured in the first half.

However Redknapp had the consolation of an excellent win which took his side up to fifth in the league only six points off the top. And all that from 1-0 down.

“It was a great comeback because Liverpool were dangerous throughout,” he said. “Roy has obviously go them playing well. But we picked up and got on top and in the end I thought we deserved to win. It was a great comeback from a goal down and with two injuries. We are an attacking team and we are not a team you can ever write off.”

The only other problem for Spurs is a record of so many missed penalties after Jermain Defoe put one wide in the second half — the fourth miss in nine spot kicks for Tottenham this season.

“We can’t find anyone too good at taking penalties,” moaned Redknapp. “Rafa would have taken it for us today if he hadn’t been injured and for some reason although Jermain is a great goalscorer he’s not a great penalty taker. When we missed that I thought maybe it wasn’t going to be our day, but fortunately they proved me wrong.”

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