Liverpool star Jon Flanagan has been ruled out for the next six to nine months after undergoing knee surgery according to the Daily Express.
It is a huge setback for the 22-year-old, as he has already missed the last 12 months with a separate knee issue. Flanagan’s contract expires in the summer, and despite Brendan Rodgers having promised that the youngster would be offered a new deal, this latest injury may cause him to reconsider. After all, he will now miss a significant proportion of next season, and there is no guarantee that the surgery will resolve all his issues.
The full-back, who can play on either side of the defence, was a key part of the Reds side that put together a great run of results at the back end of the last campaign to mount a late title challenge. However, he hasn’t played a first team game since the end of that season.
In the meantime, the Merseyside club have added Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno to play at right and left-back, though Glen Johnson is expected to depart this summer. It is also not clear if Flanagan is suited to playing at wing-back in what appears to be Rodgers’ preferred system at the moment.