Martin Skrtel wanted to 'carry on' despite being knocked unconscious when Liverpool drew with Blackburn in the FA Cup

Slovakian defender now heading for a short break with wife and son

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Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has admitted he wanted to "carry on" against Blackburn Rovers - despite being knocked unconscious and needing treatment on the pitch for nine minutes.

The Slovakian centre-back had to be carried off on a stretcher at Anfield in a game where Brendan Rodgers' Reds were held to a 0-0 draw by their Championship opposition.

Skrtel fell awkwardly and was later revealed to have lost consciousness, and although team-mates and supporters looked concerned, Skrtel was able to put both thumbs up as he lay on the stretcher.

Last night he posted a picture to Instagram that eased any fears supporters may have had.

Pictured on a plane with wife Barbara and son Matteo, Skrtel revealed he was heading for a break to Monte Carlo and that everything was fine.

Martin Skrtel has revealed he is fine

He posted: "Everything alright!!! was unconscious for a bit but glad its nothing serious! wanted to carry on but fair play to physios they didn't let me-thats the rules! OFF for couple of days with the family!! Thanks for all your support YNWA".

The FA Cup draw takes place tonight with the replay expected to be played on either 8 or 9 April. Liverpool next play next Monday, when they travel to Swansea in the Premier League,