Kirlkand out for up to four weeks

Liverpool’s Chris Kirkland will be out of action for up to four weeks after suffering bruising to one of his kidneys.

Kirkland is currently impressing on a season-long loan at West Brom, and was clattered on Sunday during the first-half of their 2-0 loss at Bolton. After the collision the player had lengthy treatment and continued for the rest of the game.

According to Bryan Robson, WBA manager, Kirkland is unlikely to be available for England selection for the forthcoming internationals. Robson explained the situation to the official WBA website today: "Chris suffered a really bad knock against Bolton on Sunday. We thought he’d got away with it but the severity of the knock has caused him to suffer bruising on one of his kidneys.

"It’s nothing serious but he’s been advised by doctors to rest for between two and four weeks. Both Chris and the club have got to take that medical advice on board. He will miss the Newcastle and West Ham games but we’re hoping he will be back after the international break."

Chris has been extremely unlucky with injuries, and that’s one of the main reasons that he finds himself on loan at West Brom. Last season he wasn’t able to play enough matches to show Rafa Benitez how good he was. When Benitez bought Pepe Reina in the summer he made it clear to Chris that he’d not be first choice, and so when the offer of the loan deal came up Chris thought it was best for him. During his time on loan he’s earned a lot of credit and a recall to the England squad.

Once again though this injury is unrelated to the others, and Chris should make a full recovery.