Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates is facing a lengthy spell away from the game after suffering an injury to his left knee during an international friendly.
22-year-old Coates, who arrived at Anfield from Nacional in 2011, sustained the injury to his anterior cruciate ligament during Uruguay's 4-2 win over Japan at the Miyagi Stadium last Wednesday evening.
"After finishing Uruguay's friendly match against Japan on Wednesday, an injury to Sebastian Coates' right knee was discovered for which he received an anti-inflammatory treatment," the Uruguayan FA confirmed in a statement.
"After communication between the Uruguayan doctors and those at Liverpool, it was decided that further examination was required in England prior to his return to Montevideo. The studies showed an injury anterior cruciate ligament and so it was decided that surgical treatment was necessary. It will be done on Friday in the city of San Pablo.
"The player will subsequently undergo a rehabilitation strategy that will, in part, take place in Montevideo."
Coates, who has won 12 caps for his country, is on the fringes of the squad at Liverpool and has been linked with a move away from Merseyside. His chance of a transfer, however, have been dealt a cruel blow with news of this injury.
Brendan Rodgers' men, who opened their 2013/14 Premier League account with a 1-0 win over Stoke City last weekend, face a trip to Paul Lambert's Aston Villa on Saturday.
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