Danny Ings' frustrating Liverpool career took another turn for the worse today with the news that he is facing up to nine months on the sidelines after damaging cartilage in his right knee.
The 24-year-old striker will undergo surgery in the next couple of days, just as he was returning to full fitness and form after recovering fully from a similarly serious cartilage injury in his left knee that kept him out for seven months between October-May 2015.
Liverpool fans have already offered their sympathies to the English forward and Jurgen Klopp has spoken of being "gutted" to discover the news. Now, one of Ings' teammates, Adam Lallana, has taken to social media to offer the injury-hit striker a message of encouragement.
Lallana and Ings have been teammates for two seasons now and the latter has clearly made an impact on his fellow Englishman during their time on Merseyside, despite his inability to stay on the field due to injury.
Having seen the former Burnley striker battle back to fitness after one serious knee injury, Lallana is in no doubt that his teammate will return stronger than ever.
Updating his official Instagram account, the England international posted an image of himself and Ings training together alongside the following:
"A top person, a top pro and a top player.
"He’s cleared every hurdle placed in front of him – this one will be no different. Come back stronger and better!"
Lallana kicked off his own Liverpool career with an injury back in the summer of 2014 when he endured a six-week layoff that lasted into the 2014/15 season.
Ings' injury hell over the past 18 months has been far more serious, though, and with two knee injuries in the space of two years, there has to be serious questions about what kind of player he will be when he does finally return to regular action.
The timing of the injury will be another hurdle for Ings to overcome in the next few weeks and months.
He had just begun to rediscover his goalscoring form - bagging a hattrick in Liverpool Under-23s' recent win over Ipswich Town - and would have been hoping to break into Klopp's first-team plans before the turn of the year.