Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out until November having undergone knee surgery.
The England international will certainly miss the World Cup this summer, but he may also miss the first three months of the 2018-19 campaign.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sustained ligament damage during the club's Champions League semi-final clash with AS Roma.
The 24-year-old has since gone under the knife and, while it was a success, he is facing a prolonged period on the sidelines.
The news will come as a bitter blow to the Reds, with Oxlade-Chamberlain enjoying something of a career resurgence under Jurgen Klopp.
Joining the club from Arsenal for £40 million ($54.3m) last summer, the midfielder chipped in with five goals and eight assists in all competitions prior to his injury, with Liverpool reaching the Champions League final and securing a top-four finish.
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