HUGE Liverpool blow: Star man out for three months after undergoing surgery
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Nathaniel Clyne is set to be sidelined for a further three months after the Liverpool defender went under the knife for a persistent back problem.

The right-back has yet to play this season and has been slowly trying to work his way back to full fitness.

A recent set-back prompted the medical team to reassess the defender’s back issue and it was decided he needed surgery.

The Independent claim Clyne had a ‘minor’ corrective surgery on Monday and is set to miss the rest of the year recovering.

Clyne picked up the injury in pre-season, but returned to light training in September with Jurgen Klopp saying at the time he was taking significant strides towards full fitness.

HUGE Liverpool blow: Star man out for three months after undergoing surgery
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Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

Southampton (H) – Sat 18 Nov
Sevilla (A) – Tue 21 Nov (Champions League)
Chelsea (H) – Sat 25 Nov
Stoke (A) – Wed 29 Nov
Brighton (A) – Sat 2 Dec
Spartak Moscow (H) – Wed 6 Dec (Champions League)
Everton (H) – Sun 10 Dec
West Brom (H) – Wed 13 Dec
AFC Bournemouth (A) – Sat Dec 17
Arsenal (A) – Fri Dec 22

HUGE Liverpool blow: Star man out for three months after undergoing surgery
Liverpool play Southampton on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

But, the 26-year-old will not be available until February and is in danger of losing his spot in England’s World Cup squad.

England will fly out to Russia in May ahead of their World Cup campaign and Clyne now faces a race against time to convince Gareth Southgate he should be included.

Liverpool will continue to rely on youngsters Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold to fill in for Clyne.

HUGE Liverpool blow: Star man out for three months after undergoing surgery
Clyne has not played since the end of last season (Picture: Getty)
HUGE Liverpool blow: Star man out for three months after undergoing surgery
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Gomez has been playing in the Premier League at right-back while Alexander-Arnold has been taking on the right-sided defensive duties in the Champions League.

Clyne has been a huge miss for a Liverpool that has struggled to keep sides out this season.

The news on Clyne comes hot on the heels of a fresh injury to Sadio Mane.

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