Lovren heads back to Liverpool after international injury

Another Liverpool first teamer is hit by an injury sustained on international duty.

Dejan Lovren will return to Liverpool from the Croatian training camp after suffering an abdominal injury, in which he described a sharp pain, while training with his international team-mates.  The player will now return to Merseyside for assessment - missing his country's two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Azerbaijan.

A Croatian FA statement read:

During training on Wednesday Lovren felt pain in the abdominal wall. Igor Boric (Medical Director) at St Catherine Hospital showed there was a tear and he will not be ready for performances in Sofia and Osijek.

France's Mamadou Sakho is also out injured with a thigh strain - and is unlikely to be back for the clash against QPR next weekend.

Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel are the reds only two fit senior centre-backs at present.

Liverpool lost both Joe Allen and Daniel Sturridge in the last set of international matches, and this fortnight has already started poorly - before a ball has even been kicked.

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