Coates has suffered a serious knee injury with fears growing it could be cruciate ligament damage
Sebastian Coates is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines – dealing Brendan Rodgers a further transfer market headache.
Coates has suffered a serious knee injury with fears growing it could be cruciate ligament damage, which would rule the defender out for much of the campaign.
The Uruguayan barely featured for Liverpool during pre-season having fallen down the pecking order since Rodgers arrived as manager last summer, the 22-year-old starting only one competitive game since January.
And any hope of a possible sale of Coates this month has now been dashed, leaving Liverpool to ponder whether to move for another centre-back before the transfer window closes.
Kolo Toure, Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel are now the club’s only available recognised senior central defenders, although Rodgers may regard young duo Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom as sufficient further cover.
Agger, meanwhile, was quoted in the Spanish press yesterday admitting he hadn’t even considered moving to Barcelona after the Catalans had an approach for him turned down by Liverpool.
“Barcelona are obviously a big club, but I have never thought about leaving Liverpool, unless they want to sell,” said the Dane, who was named vice-captain to Steven Gerrard earlier this month.
“Everyone at the club is an integral part of my life. I have a YNWA tattoo! “Frankly I don’t mind if we don’t finish in the top four, I love the club.”