Further to our earlier story about Reds goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek being taken to hospital after a fall in training, Liverpool have confirmed the medical staff’s worse fears. Dudek has a "fracture-dislocation" of his elbow and will be out for three months, according to the official Liverpool FC website.
Spokesman Ian Cotton said: "Jerzy has a fracture-dislocation of his elbow. He saw a specialist on Monday afternoon and will see another specialist on Tuesday for further investigation. He will be out of action for three months."
Dudek’s future with the club was in question after Liverpool signed new keeper Pepe Reina during the summer. Rafa Benitez has chosen to keep Dudek off the pitch in Liverpool’s four Champions League games so far this season, and he wasn’t even in the squad for the last game.
Whatever happens with Jerzy in the future, he’ll always go down as a legend at Anfield after his performance in the final of the European Cup last May. His mistakes over the last couple of seasons perhaps contributed to Rafa Benitez going out and buying Pepe Reina, but the performance in Istanbul was outstanding. The injury may even help work in his favour – by the time he returns there will still be a little while to go before the transfer window re-opens and he may be able to get himself back into the plans of Rafa Benitez.