Burton Albion captain John Mousinho will miss the League Cup second round tie against Premier League Liverpool after failing to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in the Championship draw with Blackburn Rovers. The 30-year-old went off six minutes into the second half of the 2-2 draw at Ewood Park and will not be risked for the visit of Jurgen Klopp's team.
Newly-promoted Albion secured their first away point of the season after coming from behind to draw with Rovers. Goals from Craig Conway and Sam Gallagher had seemingly put the hosts on course for their first win under Owen Coyle, but after Jackson Irvine had levelled for the first time, Tom Naylor netted an 88th minute equaliser.
But the credible draw has come at a cost for Burton with Mousinho having been ruled out of the glamour tie with Liverpool. The Brewers face Derby County 72 hours after taking on the five-time European champions, leaving Clough no choice but to leave out one of his key players.
"John Mousinho is very doubtful for tomorrow night, his hamstring has tightened up and despite us having a break after the Derby game I don't think he will make it tomorrow," he told the club's official website. "There are one or two others but we will see after training if we can get them out there in order to get two competitive teams on the pitch."
With Liverpool's arrival at the Pirelli Stadium coming amid a run of three matches in seven days, Mousinho may not be the only victim of the hectic schedule. "We'll just see how the lads are after Saturday because we've had an unbelievably busy first couple of weeks," Clough added, according to the Burton Mail.
"Some inevitably will have to play both games but it will give us a chance to play everybody. We've only got 18-19 players anyway and some will be doing both. They will be disappointed [to miss the Liverpool game] but they'll be fine and will understand the situation.
"Derby is the more important game for us with league points at stake and they understand that as well. The chance to play in one of the two means no-one should be disappointed. Two full houses, two live on TV, two brilliant games to be involved in. If you play both of them or one of them, it's great to be involved in."