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Glen Johnson ruled out for Liverpool

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Glen Johnson will miss an indefinite amount of time for Liverpool.
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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has been ruled out for an "indefinite" period of time but Brendan Rodgers does not intend to buy a replacement.

Having lost out to Chelsea in the race to sign Basel winger Mohamed Salah - Liverpool were interested in the Egypt international but never made an official bid and were unwilling to pay what they considered an inflated asking price - there was more bad news with Johnson joining the injured ranks at the club's Melwood training ground.

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With Daniel Agger (calf), Jose Enrique (knee) and Mohamed Sakho and Jon Flanagan (both hamstring) out in recent weeks Rodgers' options at the back are limited, while defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva (knee) will be sidelined for up to two months.

Flanagan should be fit for Tuesday's Merseyside derby while Enrique is expected to be back in training next month and the manager is not looking for any last-minute additions to his defence.

There are unlikely to be any arrivals in the remainder of the window despite Rodgers having just 15 players training this week because of illness.

"There have obviously been targets we've looked at but there's nothing imminent," said Rodgers on the prospect of new signings.

"The likes of Jon Flanagan are coming back and hopefully one or two of the others might not be too far away.

"I wouldn't say we need any more defenders in."

A lack of fresh blood may damage Liverpool's bid for a Champions League place and Johnson's injury could not have come at a worse time.

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"Glen has played a lot of the season having been injured and really put himself out for the team but unfortunately he's struggled a lot with a number of injuries," added the Reds boss.

"I just think it's now at that point where we need to get him right.

"The timeline he'll be out will be indefinite really. We'll just need to assess that and see how quickly he comes through that.

"He's had a real bad ankle for a period of time and just one or two other issues that haven't allowed him to be 100 percent.

"I think everyone has seen over many years the speed, fluency and how good he's been, but for part of this season he's been restricted and that's obviously been difficult for him."

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