Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has been ruled out for at least another six months following knee surgery. The 22-year-old has been out for the whole season having suffered a knee injury in pre-season.
The Liverpudlian returned to training last month, after two previous operations, playing in the Liverpool All-Stars charity match at Anfield. According to The Guardian, Flanagan underwent a third operation on Tuesday in London.
The England international's contract is up at the end of the season, but Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has already stated that Flanagan has a long term future at the club.
Flanagan was a key member of the Liverpool side that challenged for the Premier League title last season. With his current injury set-back potentially keeping the full-back out for six to nine months, the earliest we'll see Flanagan back is next year.
Liverpool look set to miss out on the Champions League this year following their recent defeat away to Hull City. The Merseyside club have fallen below expectations this season and will look to the transfer market for a quick fix.
The Reds have spent over £800 million in the search for their first Premier League title and have wasted considerable sums on flops like Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Alberto Aquilani in recent times.
Speculation regarding Liverpool boss Rodgers' future has persisted with Jurgen Klopp's odds shortening. Former Liverpool boss and Reds favourite Rafa Benitez has also been linked with the job.
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