Brendan Rodgers admits he's disappointed to have lost the services of Glen Johnson to injury, but is confident the defender will be back in action in mid-October.

The No.2 sustained a high ankle sprain during the 1-0 victory over Manchester United earlier this month and, as a result, missed England's World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine.

However, Rodgers has indicated Johnson could be back to fitness for the Reds' trip to Newcastle United on October 19.

"It's a disappointment because I think he's made a good start and he was excellent against Manchester United," the boss told reporters at Melwood.

"Fortunately for us, with the way it works out and the international breaks, he'll probably only miss about four Premier League games.

"I trust the players and the players we'll put in and we'll be able to cope with that.

"Glen is the type of player that you never realise how much you miss him until he's not there. He played a lot of games last season and sometimes you can take that for granted with him. Roy [Hodgson] was maybe thinking the same - and then he didn't play for England.

"He'll go away, work hard and keep himself in the best shape he can. We're hoping over the course of the next five weeks he should be back."

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