By Merseyside correspondent Cam Downes

Christian Benteke will be sidelined for at least two weeks with the hamstring injury he sustained against Norwich last weekend, Football Insider sources understand.

The Liverpool striker had an MRI scan on the problem on Tuesday and results have showed he has strained the muscle.

Benteke will miss at least two weeks, and possibly three weeks, with the problem which forced him to withdraw at half-time during Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Norwich on Sunday.

Benteke, who was already ruled out of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third round tie against Carlisle United, will miss a reunion with former club AstonVilla at Anfield on Saturday plus the Europa League tie at home to FC Sion next Thursday.

The centre-forward is also struggling to be fit for Liverpool’s visit to Everton in the first Merseyside derby of the season a week on Sunday.

With an international break to follow the Goodison Park clash, Benteke is expected to be available for the trip to Tottenham on 17 October.

Benteke’s absence will come as another setback for the under-pressure manager Brendan Rodgers, who lost his captain, Jordan Henderson, to a broken bone in his foot last Friday that will keep the player out for two months.

In other Liverpool news, the club have denied reports in Italy that they have made an approach for Carlo Ancelotti, or sounded out any potential replacements for Rodgers.