Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has this morning confirmed that Steven Gerrard will miss the rest of the season.
The Reds captain underwent groin surgery last month, but suffered a setback in training last week and subsequently missed Saturday’s clash with West Brom.
Dalglish revealed the news during his pre-match press conference at Melwood on Friday.
"We still don't know definitively what the problem is, so we will wait until we get a precise answer from the people he has been to see.
"But he will not be involved again this season, so that's Steven as well for this season.
"It's a blow to have anybody out, but it's more disappointing for the players than it is for us. We just have to get on with it."
The news regarding Gerrard's fitness comes just days after Daniel Agger was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign with a knee injury, and Glen Johnson is also facing a stint on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring problem.
"Without being disrespectful to the players who are injured, the most important ones are the ones who are fit because they're the ones who can be chosen.
"At this particular moment in time, I'm as good a player as Steven!" Dalglish concluded.
The news will be a major setback for Liverpool who are looking to secure a 6th placed finish in the Barclays Premier League to ensure they will be playing European football next season.
Gerrard will miss the vital run-in which sees Liverpool host Manchester City, Birmingham, Newcastle and Tottenham at Anfield, in addition to trips to Arsenal, Fulham and Aston Villa.