Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen will miss at least the opening three weeks of the new Premier League season after suffering a hamstring injury.
Allen suffered the injury during the 2-1 friendly win against Swindon Town and manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the midfielder will be out for between three to four weeks.
The Welsh midfielder also faces a battle to be in time for his nations Euro 2016 qualifying match against Israel.
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As per the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers said: Rodgers said: "We will probably him Joe miss for three to four weeks which is disappointing. He certainly won’t be available for the weekend,”
Allen followed Rodgers from Swansea City in 2012 and has gone on to make 95 appearances for the Merseyside club.
He will face a battle to reclaim his position in the starting line-up on his return to fitness if Liverpool get off to a strong start.
James Milner is expected to play in centre midfield with captain Jordan Henderson. Rodgers' preferred 4-3-3 formation means there is one place left to fight for between German youngster Emre Can and Brazilian Lucas Leiva.
The Liverpool boss also had an update on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge, saying: “Daniel will hopefully be back towards the beginning of September.”
The England international has struggled for fitness for the last 12 months and was limited to 17 appearances last campaign.
If the striker was able return to fitness and stay clear of further problems there is potential for him to strike up a deadly partnership with new man Christian Benteke.