Liverpool have been rocked by the news defender Daniel Agger will not play again this season.
The Denmark international, whose 2010/11 campaign has been blighted by injury, sustained a knee injury in the 2-1 defeat to West Brom at the weekend.
And manager Kenny Dalglish has now confirmed his worst fears have been realised with Agger ruled out of the run-in.
He told the Red’s official website: “Daniel has a problem with the tendon behind his knee and won't be involved again this season.
“He'll be out for a couple of months before he can start training.”
And there was further bad news for Dalglish with full-back Glen Johnson facing almost a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury picked up in the same game.
The Scot added: “Glen Johnson has a hamstring problem which is usually about three or four weeks and it's the same for Martin Kelly.
“It's disappointing for the players because they want to play in every game. We're getting towards the end of the season but if you're injured you're injured.
“We feel for them but the most important people at the football club are the ones who are fit and able to play. We have to get on with what we've got.
“Fabio Aurelio and Jonjo Shelvey are training again and David Ngog had a game for the reserves on Monday. So we've lost some but we've got a few back.”