Kolo Toure was handed his first action for Liverpool under new manager Jürgen Klopp on Wednesday against Bournemouth and, for a time, the signs were good. He was the more solid of Liverpool's defensive pairing in the early going, providing the calming, veteran presence to Dejan Lovren's energy.
Unfortunately, he pulled up after 33 minutes and signalled to the bench. A hamstring injury meant an early end to his night and that Martin Skrtel, who Klopp had hoped to give a rest to, would be forced into the action. And, unfortunately for Toure, it looks as though he could now be facing as much as a month on the sidelines.
Even in a best case scenario he's expected to be out for two weeks, which due to the upcoming November international break amounts to roughly the same thing. No matter what, he is unlikely to be fit to face Rubin Kazan next Thursday, when he was expected to be given another chance to captain the side.
For Liverpool's other youth and fringe players, though, next Thursday's match is now likely to provide another chance to impress. Some may even be in contention for Saturday's match against Chelsea in the league, but any who aren't—youngsters like Teixeira and Brannagan and Ibe—will expect to start on Thursday.
Toure joins Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, and Jordan Rossiter on the list of players unlikely to be fit within the next week. The news is better for Christian Benteke, who is believed to be in contention to face Chelsea despite early fears his knee injury could see him miss out.