‘If it was up to him, he would have played on!’ Liverpool defender not serious injured despite leaving FA Cup clash in neck support, confirms Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Martin Skrtel suffered no serious injury during Sunday’s FA Cup stalemate with Blackburn Rovers, though revealed he was admitted to hospital as a precaution after suffering a heavy fall at Anfield.The Reds defender was stretchered off in a neck brace after just two minutes of play in their quarter-final clash.He landed awkwardly following an aerial battle with Rovers forward Rudy Gestede, and was carried off the field after nine minutes of treatment.But, when asked about the Slovakian international’s injury, Rodgers revealed there was no lasting damage.The Reds boss said: “He’s fine but he’ll go to the local hospital to make sure.“If it was his choice he wouldn’t, but we have to follow procedure from our medical experts.“But he’s fine, he was up walking and talking after the game but just as a precaution we need to make sure that he’s okay.”The Anfield chief was also left to bemoan a series of penalty decisions which went against his side as they were held to a 0-0 draw by the Championship side.Adam Lallana had appeals turned down by the referee after he was chopped down in the box, while there were a number of slight handballs which were picked up by television replays.“Lallana’s one looked a clear penalty,” a frustrated Rodgers added.“The defender is recovering back in, but he’s on the wrong side and he can’t get to the ball, so for me, that was a penalty.“You could argue when [Rudy] Gestede handballs it off the header from the free-kick, we could have had another penalty, and sometimes you need that little bit of luck.”last_img

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