Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson is set to undergo surgery on a troublesome heel injury after travelling to the USA for specialist treatment.
Henderson has been sidelined with the injury since August 19 when he came off in the 52nd minute during a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Anfield.
The 25-year-old's presence in the centre of midfield appears to have been sorely missed, as the Reds have failed to win any of their subsequent three games, including back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Manchester United.
He travelled to the US last week, but it was not clear whether or not the England international would go under the knife. But Liverpool may have to get used to being without Henderson, as it appears that surgery is indeed required.
A tweet from a man called Marc Cozzarelli showed a photo of Henderson with his father, John Cozzarelli, along with the words: "Beyond proud for my dad coming this far as a doctor and being able to do surgery on @JHenderson #liverpool."
As Cozzarelli's tweets are protected, a screenshot of the post, sourced from 101GreatGoals, has been inserted below.
A big blow
After a slow start to his Liverpool career, Henderson emerged as a key player last season and was rewarded with the task of replacing Steven Gerrard as club captain. He was also handed a bumper deal worth £100,000-a-week.
With Liverpool desperate to finish in the top four, the absence of Henderson is likely to come as a huge blow to Brendan Rodgers. Also, it means Lucas Leiva, who came so close to leaving Anfield in the summer, has been brought back in from the cold.
There is, however, good news on Daniel Sturridge, who himself underwent surgery in the US earlier this year. The striker is back in full training following a lengthy absence and is set to return to first-team action in the coming weeks.