Injury blow to Yossi – out for three weeks

If it’s not metatarsals it’s adductors as another Liverpool player suffers an injury in a season riddled with misfortune on that front.

Fernandon Torres has suffered two separate adductor tears in recent weeks and now Yossi Benayoun has too, meaning he’ll be out for the next three weeks. Liverpool FC’s head of press, Ian Cotton, said: “A scan has confirmed Benayoun sustained a tear against Fulham.”

Thankfully for Liverpool the injury coincided with yet another international break, meaning that most of Benayoun’s absence will be when Liverpool aren’t actually playing. The Reds have no game for two weeks.

Yossi had just hit a rich vein of form, scoring a hat-trick in the 8-0 win over Besiktas on Tuesday and performing well in every game he’s been selected for of late. Fans of the England national team were hoping he’d take that with him into his international game with Israel against Russia next weekend, to help England out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves. England are relying on Israel to do them a favour and beat the Russians if they are to have any chance of qualifying for Euro 2008. Now they’ve got to do it without their captain.

This could be great news for PFA chief Gordon Taylor, as England’s stars, including Reds captain Steven Gerrard, could now get a summer off. Taylor recently commented that England’s players were “on crutches” by the summer after playing for their clubs.

Hopefully Yossi’s recovery will be faster than expected and he’ll be available for the next Liverpool game, away to Newcastle on the 24th. Once again, this game is a lunchtime kick-off on the Saturday immediately after the international break.