Liverpool defender Jose Enrique could be facing a lengthy spell at the sidelines with a knee injury that would require surgery to ameliorate.
The 27-year-old Spanish left-back has managed to play only 29 minutes for the Anfield club since October 5, with summer signing Aly Cissokho filling in.
Central defender Mamadou Sakho filled in at left-back in the 1-0 Premier League defeat at home to Southampton on September 21, but looked uncomfortable in the role.
The Frenchman was brought in on a season’s loan from Valencia in the summer, and is set for a lengthy run in the side.
The injury is definitely going to keep Enrique out of Saturday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expounded the lingering knee quagmire, which has been troubling him all season.
He told talkSPORT: “Jose Enrique has been struggling for a little while with an injury. He will probably need an operation. It’s a blow for us because he’s a very talented player.”
Enrique’s absence will leave Rodgers short of options on the left side of defence.
England right-back Glen Johnson might be asked to switch position if in case there’s no capable replacement for Enrique.
Johnson played at left-back for Liverpool in the early weeks of last season, with Martin Kelly playing on the right.