Kuyt to miss at least two Reds games

Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is certainly not going to be playing for Holland against Albania tomorrow night after a scan in Amsterdam yesterday showed he'd suffered strained ankle ligaments. Not only will he miss that match, but also Saturday's league visit to Anfield by Blackburn followed by the trip to Bordeaux next Wednesday in the Champions League. His target for now is to get for the clash with rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford a week on Sunday.

Rafa Benítez was fuming that the Dutch FA didn't send him straight home after his injury so he could start treatment at the club paying his wages, but at least now he's going to be on his way home allowing Liverpool's own medics to oversee his treatment. He fell awkwardly on Saturday in Holland's game against Bulgaria and had to leave the field after 16 minutes. He'd left the UK prior to the internationals with a head wound sustained at Bolton in that league game.

Rafa will now wait anxiously for his other two international strikers, Peter Crouch and Craig Bellamy, to return home fit again. It's looking likely that Robbie Fowler will start on Saturday alongside whoever is the fittest out of Crouch and Bellamy.