Liverpool news – Hicks and Gillett set for exit, Torres back for derby, Kuyt suffers bad injury

Hicks and Gillett set for exit.

Liverpool fans up and down the country are likely to be celebrating with the news that Tom Gillett and George Hicks have lost their high court battle with the Kop, and are heading for the Anfield exit door. The court granted injunctions in favour of RBS in a move which could pave the way for the sale of the club.

New England Sports Ventures can now purchase the club for the proposed £300m, which will see RBS recoup their £237m loan they provided to Hicks and Gillett when the American pair purchased the club in 2007.

Kuyt suffers bad injury.

Dirk Kuyt has torn his ankle ligaments during Holland’s 4-1 over Sweden last night, and faces months on the sidelines according to The Telegraph. Kuyt fell awkwardly on 29 minutes after jumping for the ball against Sweden’s Daniel Majstorovi, and was replaced by Jeremain Lens.

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk said: “The doctor’s first opinion is it could be very serious and keep him sidelined for a long time.”

The injury means Kuyt will be absent for Sunday’s Merseyside derby clash with Everton, as well as Daniel Agger. The Dane made his comeback against Cyprus last night but played just 39 minutes, and his availability for Saturday’s match appears doubtful.

Torres back for derby.

In better injury news, Fernando Torres has given Roy Hodgson hope that he can feature in the derby clash with Everton. The Spaniard missed his national team’s Euro 2012 qualifying victories over Lithuania and Scotland with an adductor strain, but has responded well to treatment.

Speaking to the club’s official website liverpoolfc.tv, head of sport science and sport medicine Peter Brukner said: “Fernando is doing pretty well. He had a slight tear in one of his adductor muscles very early on in the game against Blackpool that prevented him going away with Spain in the internationals. If we can build up his training and get through the next few days, then we are optimistic but not certain that he will be able to line up against Everton.”

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