Liverpool midfielder Fabinho will miss the entire Christmas period through injury.
The Brazil midfielder has become vital in Jurgen Klopp’s side over the past year.
However, he limped off during Wednesday nights 1-1 draw with Napoli at Anfield.
The club have now confirmed he suffered ankle ligament damage and will be out until the New Year.
The player has begun his rehabilitation process with the medical staff at Melwood.
Fabinho will miss at least eights games including our crunch Champions League tie with RB Salzburg, the Club World Cup and a bunch of vital Premier League games.
The Reds are set to play a game every few days for the foreseeable future. This period will define our season and without Fabinho it gets a lot harder.
Klopp now has the tough decision of replacing the Brazil international in our midfield.
Jordan Henderson has played the postion before, as has James Milner. Either man could fill in but and do a job but of course not to the level of Fabinho.
Alternatively, you’ve got Gini Wijanladum, Naby Keita Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Maybe we just accept our defence will be a bit more exposed and add an attacking midfielder into the mix.
Our German manager has quite the conundrum on his hands. Liverpool host Brighton on Saturday. This game will undoubtedly provide some early indications of how Klopp will deal with this massive blow.