Raheem Sterling confirmed Liverpool fans' worst fears when he took to Twitter earlier this afternoon to post a cryptic message about the ankle injury he suffered during last night's 3-1 victory against Leicester City.
The Daily Star reports that the 19-year-old winger picked up what looked like a minor knock from an innocuous challenge late in the game at the King Power Stadium and was eventually withdrawn by manager Brendan Rodgers deep into stoppage time.
However, judging by Sterling's latest social media post (above) - which was swiftly deleted minutes after it was sent - the Reds star could be facing the prospect of an extended spell on the sidelines, which is the last thing that the Merseyside club will want heading into the busy Christmas schedule.
Liverpool are already without the services of striker Daniel Sturridge, ruled out until the New Year after sustaining another thigh injury in training, so they'll be keeping their fingers crossed that Sterling's absence is only brief.
After a disappointing start to the 2014/15 campaign Rodgers's men find themselves languishing in eighth place in the Premier League table with 20 points from their first 14 games, even after last night's much-needed win.
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The loss of another key player is unlikely going to improve Liverpool's prospects, particularly with big games against Manchester United and Arsenal to come during the festive period.
In addition to those domestic games, the Reds also have a crunch Champions League clash against Basel at Anfield in December which will determined whether or not they progress to the knockout stages of Europe's elite club competition.
With Sturridge already ruled out, and fellow strikers Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert both struggling for form, Liverpool fans will hope that Sterling recovers in time for that match, or else their attacking threat could be significantly blunted.
The talented teenager has fast become one of Liverpool's most important players after enjoying an impressive run of consistent form over the past 18 months.
Sterling is set to be rewarded for his recent progress with a bumper new contract, with the Daily Mirror reporting back in August that the £30,000-a-week star will be offered improved terms that will increase his basic salary by four fold.
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