( AFP ) - Jermaine Pennant needs surgery on his right leg, Liverpool football club revealed on Friday, meaning he will be out of action for 10 weeks.
The winger limped out of the Reds' Champions League defeat at Besiktas on Wednesday night and the club have now confirmed he has been carrying a problem for almost the whole of this season. He will go under the knife this weekend.
Club spokesman Ian Cotton said on the Reds' official website, www.liverpoolfc.tv: "For the last eight weeks Jermaine has undergone intensive treatment at Melwood between matches for the injury. But following an acute exacerbation of the problem during the game against Besiktas, it has now been decided he requires surgery.
"We anticipate Jermaine will be out for approximately 10 weeks."
Liverpool have a big match on Sunday at Anfield with the visit of Premier League leaders Arsenal.