Date: 27th December 2010 at 6:00pm
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After picking up an injury in yesterday’s loss to Spurs, Emile Heskey is unlikely to figure against Manchester City.

Houllier was set to check on his fitness today although there have been no reports so far on either the severity or lack thereof of the ankle injury sustained when Gomes took him out, so maybe silence is good news in this case.

Speaking to the press, Houllier said:

‘We lack a bit of presence in front of goal at times, we missed that after we lost Emile. He twisted his ankle when the goalkeeper fouled him. I don’t think he will be fit for the Man City game now.’

(quotes from the E&S

Hopefully Emile won’t be out for another length of time as we certainly look a different proposition when Emile is hassling defenders. I thought Delboy did very well when he replaced him but with Gabby still off the pace we have no physical presence up front and given Carew seems to have ‘toys and pram’ again we will seriously miss Heskey if this leads to another lengthy lay off.

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