Liverpool striker Divock Origi won’t play again this season.
A scan has confirmed that the Belgium international suffered ligament damage in Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Everton at Anfield.
The exact time frame still isn’t clear as Origi will undergo a second second scan on Friday.
However, Liverpool don’t expect him to be able to play any part in their push for Europa League glory or their five remaining Premier League matches.
Origi faces a race against time to be fit for the European Championships in France which start on June 10.
It’s a crushing blow for Jurgen Klopp with the 21-year-old having been in outstanding form with five goals in his last five matches.
Origi scored his 10 goal of the season against Everton but his night was cut short by a X-rated challenge from Ramiro Funes Mori early in the second half.
The Blues centre-back was sent off and subsequently issued an apology but that will be of little consolation to Origi, who is on crutches with his right ankle in a protective boot.
Origi will be sorely missed, especially in the Europa League semi-final tie with Villarreal.
Greater responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Daniel Sturridge, while fellow striker Christian Benteke is close to returning to full training after a month out with a knee injury.