LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Andy Carroll missed last night’s 1-0 win over Hearts in the Europa League with a hamstring problem, while confirming he is edging closer to signing Nuri Sahin.
The Real Madrid midfielder has also been linked with a move to Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal but looks set for a switch to Anfield, with Rodgers hopeful that a deal is imminent.
The manager said: “Hopefully in the next 24 hours we will get some confirmation on that. It’s quite far along. He’s a very good footballer.”
Carroll failed to make the squad for the play-off first leg in Edinburgh - despite his presence at the stadium - with the £35m striker linked with a return to Newcastle.
However, Rodgers says the forward was set to start against Hearts and he remains hopeful he will be fit for Sunday’s visit of champions Manchester City.
He said: “Andy was due to start. He had a slight twinge on his hamstring. We had a scan on it and it didn’t show a tear, just a slight disruption.
“We tried to give him 48 hours, let him travel and he trained yesterday to see how it was. It was still a bit tight and the medics’ advice was it was too much of a risk for him to play.
“It was unfortunate because he has worked well and I know he was desperate to play. Hopefully missing the game tonight will allow him to recover for the weekend.”