Liverpool have announced that left-back Jose Enrique has successfully undergone knee surgery but will be out of action until the end of February at the earliest.

The Spaniard originally sustained a knock to the knee in the Reds' 3-1 home victory against Crystal Palace on 5th October, and spent a whole month on the sidelines.

Despite the club and the former Newcastle defender originally believing that the injury would heal in time, Enrique's knee problem flared up again as he made a second-half appearance in the Merseyside outfit's 4-0 win over Fulham at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers subsequently revealed that the 27-year-old would have to go under the knife to clear the problem, and it appears to have been a success.

The injury means that Jon Flanagan, who impressed in Liverpool's thrilling 3-3 draw against Everton in the derby, is likely to start away against Hull City on Sunday.

"Enrique is expected to return to full training at Melwood in around ten weeks time," the club said.

Saturday's draw leaves Liverpool second in the Premier League table, four points behind leaders Arsenal.

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