Liverpool have been dealt another blow ahead of the festive season with the news that Glen Johnson will be ruled out of action for a month with a groin injury.
The full-back limped off during Sunday’s 3-0 loss to Manchester United and it has been confirmed that he tore his groin mid-way through the first half.
Johnson will have a scan to confirm the extent of the damage but he is unlikely to return before the end of January.
The news will come as an even bigger blow for Johnson who is yet to agree a new deal with the Reds’, his contract expires at the end of the season and Liverpool are reluctant offer the defender a contract anywhere near the £120,000-per-week he is currently paid.
This is Johnson’s second long-term injury this season, at the end of August he was ruled out for six weeks with a thigh muscle strain and this could ruin any chance of the full back securing a new deal.
Liverpool have three alternatives to Johnson, who has played 11 games at right back and left back this season. Javi Manquillo has made nine Premier League appearances, however he hasn’t played since being substituted at half time against Leicester two weeks ago.
Alberto Moreno and Jose Enrique are available to cover the left back position but neither player has impressed with Liverpool on a run of just two wins in their last 10 games.
However, Liverpool are still without Jon Flanagan, the youngster has been out since the start of the season with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to return to the side before mid-January.
Johnson may miss up to nine games for the Reds over a busy winter period but he could be back in time to face Everton on February 7.