The Liverpool football captain Steven Gerrard will be sidelined for up to a month after surgery on his groin, the Premier League club has confirmed.
Gerrard, who is set to miss England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales on March the 26th in Cardiff, suffered the injury in the 1-0 league win at Chelsea in early February.
Liverpool will be without their captain for the return leg of their last 16 Europa League tie against Braga on March the 17th, having lost the first match 1-nil in Portugal.
He could also miss up to three Premier League games including the matches at Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion plus Manchester City at Anfield on April the 11th.
Liverpool are sixth in the standings with 42 points from 29 games and have nine matches left.
They are nine points outside the Champions League qualifying places.