Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has been ruled out for at least four weeks after rupturing ankle ligaments during Thursday’s Europa League win against Borussia Dortmund.
The Germany international was replaced during the final 10 minutes of the 4-3 comeback success and later left Anfield on crutches.
It has now been confirmed the injury will sideline the 22-year-old for at least a month, meaning he is unlikely to feature for the Reds again this season although he could still make Euro 2016.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed the severity of Can’s injury on Saturday and his absence will come as huge blow to the Anfield outfit, who are already without skipper Jordan Henderson for the rest of the season due to a knee ligament injury.
Klopp said: “Emre is injured. He will take time. It’ll be for the next four or five weeks so we should not say the season is finished.”
Can will definitely miss Liverpool’s crucial Europa League semi-final tie with Villarreal, with the first leg taking place at El Madrigal on April 28 before the return at Anfield seven days later.
The versatile midfielder will also miss crucial league fixtures against the likes of Everton and Newcastle, as well as the match with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The Reds are available at 2.15 to secure all three points while the Cherries are on offer at 3.40 and the draw is also 3.40.