More injury woe for Liverpool

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The defender, who joined the Reds from Southampton, was meant to square up to Bulgaria and Azerbaijan before being struck down with an abdominal injury.

“During training on Wednesday Lovren felt pain in the abdominal wall,” a statement read. “Igor Boric [a specialist] at St Catherine showed there was a tear and he will not be ready for performances in Sofia and Osijek.”

It’s the latest setback for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who also lost star striker Daniel Sturridge on England duty, as well as Joe Allen. French defender Mamadou Sakho is also out.

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