Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has suffered a further setback in his race to be fit after reports revealed he will face up to ten weeks out through injury.
Johnson was substituted towards the end of the match against Manchester United after picking up an ankle knock and was taken for scans.
But the results were worse than first feared – and will be out of action with the end of November a realistic date for a return to action.
The 29-year-old was due to start for England in their World Cup qualifiers to Moldova and this week’s match to Ukraine but had to drop out meaning a recall for Tottenham right back Kyle Walker.
It is a major blow for Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers after Johnson’s impressive start to the season.
He has been integral to Liverpool’s three wins from their first three matches keeping a hat-trick of clean sheets in the process.