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Skrtel out for three weeks

Defender worry for Benitez; El Zhar out for a month

Skrtel: Laid low

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel faces a race to be fit for the start of the new season after being ruled out for three weeks.

Skrtel picked up a hamstring strain during Wednesday's friendly with Thailand and he has flown back to England for treatment on the injury.

Scans have shown Skrtel has suffered a strain which will keep him on the sidelines for three weeks.

It means Skrtel faces a battle to be ready for the big kick-off at Tottenham on 16th August.

Nabil El Zhar is set to miss the start of the new campaign after he suffered a knee injury against Thailand.

The winger has sustained medial ligament damage to his knee and is expected to be sidelined for a month.