Liverpool have been dealt a major blow with news star attacker Daniel Sturridge will miss the beginning of next season.
The England international underwent hip surgery in New York on Tuesday, with The Guardian reporting it will be four months before the 25-year-old can resume normal training.
It means Sturridge’s pre-season effectively begins in September and will miss at least the opening two months of the 2015/16 Premier League season.
Despite the extended layoff, Liverpool are believed to view the surgery as a success.
Sturridge made just seven league starts this season due to a combination of calf, thigh and hip issues, and it’s hoped the recent bout of surgery will rid the striker of his injury woes.
The former Chelsea man’s rehabilitation period will see him miss all of the Reds’ pre-season matches, including trips to Australia and the Far East.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers looks certain to bring in another striker over the summer, with Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert all expected to depart the club.
Divock Origi will join the Reds following his season-long loan at Lille, with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the club are in the box seat to sign Burnley man Danny Ings.