Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates has reportedly suffered a serious knee injury.
French newspaper L'Equipe is reporting that Coates injured an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee in Uruguay's friendly against Japan last week.
The severity of the injury is still being assessed, and Coates is due to go in for a scan on the knee this coming Friday, with a lengthy layoff very possible.
"Sebastian Coates (22) injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a friendly with Uruguay against Japan (4-2) and will undergo surgery Friday, a prelude to a period of unavailability undoubtedly important."
Coates was not included on the substitute's bench for Liverpool's opening Premier League win over Stoke on Saturday.
The Uruguayan had failed to break into the first team at Liverpool since being signed by Kenny Dalglish two summers ago, but was still considered a back-up option should anything happen to the trio of Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel or Daniel Agger.
Coates had also been linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer, and this injury is likely to scupper any chance of securing a transfer, and the club getting him off their wage bill.
The injury could well see Liverpool accelerate their pursuit of further defensive reinforcements, with Mamadou Sakho of PSG and Kyriakos Papadopoulos most recently linked.
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