Liverpool winger Luis Diaz is set to undergo surgery after picking up a fresh knee injury in training.
Manager Jurgen Klopp recently confirmed that Diaz, who has not played since injuring his knee in early October, had once again complained of pain as he edges closer to a possible return.
Now, Colombian reporter Pipe Serra has revealed that Diaz is expected to undergo surgery to deal with his latest problem, which could keep him sidelined for another three months.
Diaz’s initial issue was thought to be with his medial collateral ligament, but this latest injury is related to his lateral collateral ligament instead.
It is a huge blow for Liverpool, who were initially hoping Diaz would be fit enough to join his friends during their warm-weather training camp in Dubai this month.
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A three-month absence will rule Diaz out until the end of March – potentially a further 12 Premier League games – but could see him return in time to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on April 1.
Diaz’s absence saw Darwin Niños move to the left side of Liverpool’s attack, linking up with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah to impressive effect before the Premier League was put on hold for the World Cup.
Klopp is also dealing with the absence of fellow winger Diego Jota, who has traveled with the team to Dubai but is not expected to return to competitive action until February.