• Martin Skrtel was injured in Liverpool’s defeat by Watford
  • The defender was expected to be sidelined for three months
  • He has since revealed the injury is not that serious
  • Skrtel shared a post on Instagram, confirming a six-week absence
  • Liverpool are currently ninth in the Premier League table  

Rohan Banerjee For Mailonline

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has moved to allay concerns about the severity of his latest injury set-back and revealed that he will miss just six weeks of action.

The 31-year-old Slovakia international had to be substituted in the Reds’ 3-0 defeat by Watford in the Premier League on Sunday after suffering a hamstring tear.

Skrtel was widely expected to be on the sidelines for at least three months, but has since given fans a boost with this news, which he shared in a rather novel way.  

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel leaves the field injured during the 3-0 defeat by Watford at Vicarage Road

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel leaves the field injured during the 3-0 defeat by Watford at Vicarage Road

Watford striker Odion Ighalo (left) tussles for possession with Skrtel during his side's 3-0 victory 

Watford striker Odion Ighalo (left) tussles for possession with Skrtel during his side’s 3-0 victory 

Skrtel posted a picture of a lion alongside the words, ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice’, on his official Instagram account. 

In the image’s caption, the centre back elaborated: ‘After all rumours going around, I want to say the time I will spend on sidelines won’t be three months…after I suffered tear in my hamstring and tendon I will be out for six weeks.’  

Skrtel added: ‘I will work hard on my recovery and will do everything to come back as soon as possible and even stronger than before! thanks for your support.’ 

Liverpool’s defeat at Vicarage Road was their second in their last three Premier League games, drawing the other 2-2 at home to West Brom. 

The Merseysiders are currently ninth in the table with 24 points, five off the pace of fourth-placed Tottenham.  

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho (centre) heads the ball during the Premier League match against Watford 

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho (centre) heads the ball during the Premier League match against Watford 

Reds striker Divock Origi (left) sees his shot go wide of the goal during the defeat by Watford on Sunday

Reds striker Divock Origi (left) sees his shot go wide of the goal during the defeat by Watford on Sunday

 

  

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