Liverpool defender Daniel Agger will undergo surgery to help solve the back problem that has forced him to miss the start of the new season.
Agger missed games at the end of last season and the majority of pre-season and Reds boss Rafa Benitez confirmed on Tuesday that he believes the Danish international won’t be available for another three weeks.
However, according today’s Times newspaper, Agger is now expected to face a longer period on the sidelines as he recovers from the operation, set to be performed in France this week.
The 24-year-old is now expected to be out of action until at least November, joining Alberto Aquilani and Fabio Aurelio on Liverpool’s long-term casualties list.
The news could bring a further defensive headache to Benitez, who also currently has defender Martin Skrtel out with a cracked jaw.
Spanish 18-year-old Dani Ayala has been playing in central defence with Jamie Carragher, whilst the arrival of new signing Sotiris Kyrgiakos from AEK Athens this weekend will also come as some relief.
Benitez may also be forced to leave Agger out of the Reds’ Champions League squad for the first half of the season.