Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Aquilani to miss out again

Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani has been ruled out of tomorrow's UEFA Europa League quarter-final first-leg clash with Benfica. The Italian international sustained an ankle injury in training this morning and will not fly out with the squad to Lisbon later today.

"He will not be available for this game," said Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez. "He had a problem with his ankle this morning and we have to fix it. It doesn't seem too serious but it's the same ankle as before and so we'll have to analyse the situation carefully," added Benitez.

Aquilani arrived in the summer, after a £17million move from Roma, carrying an ankle injury which had sideilned him for the latter stages of the 2008/09 Serie A season. Once at Liverpool it took the Italian midfielder a while to regain match fitness and, as a result, he has made just eight starts and 11 substitute appearances this season.

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