Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has suffered a hamstring strain during his side's 1-0 victory over AFC Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup fourth round clash. He started for the Reds against the Premier League side, but was withdrawn in the 33<sup>rd minute after picking up the injury.
The former Ivory Coast international is set to undergo a scan to find out the extent of the damage. According to the Liverpool Echo, the centre-back is expected to be on the sidelines for two to four weeks.
Toure made his third appearance in all competitions for the Reds this season. Jurgen Klopp handed him the captain's armband against Bournemouth as Jordan Henderson is still out due to injury, while James Milner was serving his one-match suspension.
Liverpool will make a trip to Stamford Bridge as the Merseyside club will be facing Chelsea in the Premier League clash on 31 October. Toure was not set to feature against the Blues as the German manager is likely to start Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel in the heart of the back four.
The Anfield club will face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League clash on 5 November. Toure was expected to start in the European fixture. However, he now joins the list of injured players at Liverpool.
The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender joins Daniel Sturridge, Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Henderson, Danny Ings and Jordan Rossiter on the list of absentees. Christian Benteke missed the Capital One Cup fixture due to a knee ligament strain he picked up against Southampton.
However, Klopp remains optimistic that the Belgium international could be in contention to face Chelsea. The return of Benteke could be a massive boost for the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager as he is already without Ings, who is set to spend more time of this season on the sidelines due to a knee injury.
Sturridge is also battling a knee injury that has delayed his first start under Brendan Rodgers' successor. With the English duo out of the Chelsea clash, Klopp has Divock Origi and Benteke as two options up front.