Liverpool have been hit with a double injury blow ahead of a tough run of fixtures over the festive period.
Reds skipper Steven Gerrard pulled up with a hamstring problem in the second half of their 4-1 home victory over West Ham on Saturday, while fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson has been wearing a protective boot since Kevin Nolan’s x-rated challenge floored the England international in the same game.
Scans have since shown that Gerrard’s hamstring injury is a lot worse than first thought and he could be out for up to six weeks, which will see him sit out Premier League trips to Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Chelsea, as well as their FA Cup third round meeting with either Oldham Athletic or Mansfield Town.
Henderson’s injury is not thought to be as serious, though, and Liverpool believe he will recover in time for their trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
But Reds stopper Simon Mignolet believes Brendan Rodgers’ side is strong enough to cope without the influential Gerrard as they embark on a run of fixtures that prove their top-four credentials.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “Steven is obviously very important for us. He delivers the ball in the box with such quality.
“But we have a decent enough squad to deal with injuries and cope with these kind of things. I am sure someone else in the dressing room will be ready to step up.
“We have other leaders in the team as well and we must continue playing in the same way. We will got to Tottenham and be positive.”