Uruguayan stopper sidelined with cruciate injury.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may be forced to dip back into the transfer market to search for another defender after Uruguayan international Sebastian Coates faces six months out on the sidelines after tearing a cruciate ligament whilst on international duty last week, the Mirror reports.
The 22-year-old suffered a tear in the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee in Uruguay’s friendly against Japan last week. He had been linked with a move to Fulham this summer, but will now have surgery later this week and faces a long spell on the sidelines.
He made just five appearances in the first team last season, but is best remembered for his goal against QPR the year before, in which he netted with an impressive bicycle kick.
The injury will also cast Martin Skrtel’s move to Napoli in doubt as Brendan Rodger’s will not want to sell himself short now that the end of the transfer window is so close to the end.
Rodgers may see this as the perfect opportunity to step up his pursuit of Sporting Lisbon starlet Tiago Ilori, who is currently refusing to sign a new deal with the Portuguese side amidst interest from the Anfield outfit.