Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has endured a week to forget. First he was denied a Merseyside derby victory thanks to a last-minute stunner from Everton defender Phil Jagielka, and followed up that frustrating draw with a disappointing 1-0 defeat against FC Basel in the Champions League last night.
Now, the Northern Irishman has received more bad news regarding the fitness of one of his promising first-team stars, after attacking midfielder Suso revealed he'll be unavailable for selection for a period of at least two months.
The 20-year-old Spaniard has been ruled out of action ahead of a forthcoming operation on his injured groin, confirming the diagnosis with a post on Instagram, as reported by the Daily Express.
He posted: "Hellow (sic) everyone. Just to tell you I'll be out of the team for a couple of months with a surgery operation next week coz of my groins ... I'll be back soon.. Stronger than ever..????YNWA"
Liverpool have been dealt a number of injury problems to key players already this season, with star striker Daniel Sturridge currently sidelined since picking up a knock whilst on England duty during the previous international break.
Adam Lallana, the £25 million summer signing from Southampton, also started his debut campaign at Anfield injured after suffering a setback in pre-season. Now Suso has moved into the treatment room, adding to the Merseyside club's mounting problems.
Suso made his first appearance of the season against Middlesbrough in the memorable Capital One Cup win at Anfield last week, a match which saw Liverpool progress following a 14-13 penalty shoot-out victory.
The Spain U21 international impressed Rodgers during his cameo performance, and could've put himself in contention for more regular action in the senior team had he maintained his fitness.
He flew with the squad to Switzerland for last night's European clash at St. Jakob-Park, but is now unlikely to feature again until December at the earliest.