Date: 17th September 2013 at 7:27pm
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Reds vice-captain Daniel Agger was a notable absentee from the draw with Swansea City after a ‘freak incident’…

Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger missed Monday night’s game courtesy of a side strain sustained in the gym, it has been revealed.

The 28-year-old was a surprise omission from the team which drew 2-2 with Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

Explaining Agger’s absence following the final whistle, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers revealed: “He just had a really freak incident in the gym before coming out to training.

“He overstretched when he was trying to prevent a dumbbell from falling on his foot. He has overstretched and pulled his side.”

Liverpool are next in action against Southampton on Saturday afternoon leaving Agger with a race against time to prove his fitness.

Asked about his prospects of recovering in time, Rodgers added: “We’ll see if it settles down over the next couple of days; but if it doesn’t, we’ve got ample replacements now. That was why we brought in extra players, to cover us for any injuries.”

Against the Swans, Agger’s place alongside Martin Skrtel was taken by £17million deadline day capture Mamadou Sakho.

The game also saw the return from injury of Kolo Toure, while additionally Rodgers has Portuguese youngster Tiago Ilori to call upon if required.

Vital Verdict
Agger is a classy and experienced operator who would be missed by any team. Fortunately it is an area of the team we are now heavily reinforced in and therefore should be able to cope adequately. Sakho showed plenty of promise during his debut, Toure was exceptional in the wins over Stoke City and Aston Villa and Skrtel is hopefully back to his best after a difficult season last term.

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