Liverpool confirmed that versatile defender Joe Gomez suffered a lower leg fracture during Wednesday’s Premier League clash against Burnley.
And the Reds say initial indications claimed that England international defender could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
Gomez was carried off midway through the first half during the game against Burnley following a challenge with Ben Mee, with the Reds going on to claim a 3-1 win and remain second in the Premier League table.
In a statement, the Reds said: “we can confirm Joe Gomez sustained a fracture to the lower left leg during the 3-1 win at Burnley on Wednesday night.
“The defender needed to be substituted after 23 minutes at Turf Moor following a challenge from which he was unable to continue.
“Gomez’s injury was further assessed by the Reds’ medical team at Melwood on Thursday.
“Initial indications suggest the 21-year-old is facing a spell of up to six weeks out of action, though this is dependent on how his treatment and rehabilitation programmes progress.”
A six-week absence would keep England international defender out until mid-January, with the Reds facing nine games between now and then at the three different tournaments.