Liverpool youngster Jordan Rossiter is facing a significant spell on the sidelines with possible ligament damage, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Rossiter, 17, limped out of the Reds’ 3-2 FA Youth Cup defeat to Birmingham City on Friday night, with the club initially fearing that the midfielder had broken his ankle.
A subsequent scan has revealed no fracture, but the England Under-18 international is still facing several weeks out.
Liverpool under-18s coach Neil Critchley said: “Jordan was in a lot of pain in the dressing room after the game and when Jordan’s in pain you know it’s serious so we feared the worst.
“He’s had a scan and it looks like he hasn’t broken anything which is good news.
“It’s either ligament damage or a severe sprain but he’s still facing a fair few weeks out.
“We still can’t be too sure because of the swelling. We’ll wait for that to go down and then scan it again just in case.”
Rossiter made headlines back in September when he earned his senior debut in the Capital One Cup tie against Middlesbrough, scoring with a low drive from 30 yards in the 10th minute to become the club’s second youngest scorer behind Michael Owen.
The Liverpool-born prospect has since made the first-team bench on several occasions, prompting some to even go as far as to hail him as the future successor to soon-to-depart skipper Steven Gerrard.
He now faces a minor setback in his development, but the promise he’s shown in the youth setup at Anfield should see him back knocking on the door of Brendan Rodgers’ squad before long.