Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson faces a prolonged period on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury against Manchester United last week, reports the Daily Mail.
The right-back was forced to pull out of England World Cup qualifying double header after a challenge with United's Patrice Evra in The Red's 1-0 victory over their biggest rivals saw him leave the ground on crutches.
The severity of the swelling around the ankle prevented scans from taking place but now the Liverpool medical team are concerned that the ankle is damaged badly enough to keep Johnson out until Christmas.
In that case, the 49 cap international could potentially miss nearly half of his side's remaining Premier League fixtures.
The news will come as a blow to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who sees Johnson as a vital part of his side, starting him in all four games so far this season while the former Chelsea player has also made over 100 appearances for the club in total.
However, Rodgers does have plenty of back-up in case of injuries at the back with the likes of Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and new signing Tiago Ilori more than capable of covering the right-back position.
Fans will be hoping that the injury doesn't cause a downturn in form as Liverpool have made a perfect start to the season, winning all three of their Premier League games to sit top of the table as well as a laboured victory in the League Cup against Notts County.
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