Liverpool defender Joe Gomez will undergo surgery to assist his recovery from the leg fracture that has kept him out of action since early December.
Liverpool say their medical staff feel surgery will allow Gomez to have “a more complete recovery” from the injury he suffered in a tackle from Burnley defender Ben Mee.
The club have not placed a timescale on Gomez’s recovery, although they believe he is likely to play again this season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “It’s a blow for the boy and for us, because prior to the injury he was in such fantastic shape.
“But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.
“His attitude during this rehab has been outstanding, but it just hasn’t healed as we’d have liked, so we will make this intervention and then he will come back.”
Gomez added: “Obviously being out for longer than we’d first hoped for is hard to swallow but it’s part and parcel of the industry.
“It was an injury caused by an impact, like nearly all the injuries I’ve had in my career, so I know it’s just a case of when it’s fully healed I’m good to go again.
“The hardest part is not being able to help the team and contribute on the pitch at the moment, so it’s important I come back ready to go and this procedure will help with that.
“My only focus is getting back for Liverpool as soon as possible and I can promise the supporters I’ll be working hard every day to do that.”
(c) Sky News 2019: Liverpool’s Joe Gomez to undergo surgery on fractured leg