Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane is to undergo surgery on his injured left knee in a move that will confirm the news that he will miss the rest of the season.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told the BBC last week that he was "pretty sure" the Senegalese international would miss the rest of the campaign and that it was
Sadio Mane to have operation in London tomorrow on left knee. Likely to be out 8 weeks— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) 10 April 2017
Whilst exact details of the player's injury have yet to really emerge, it seems that the club will now confirm the news that Mane will play no further part in what remains of Liverpool's season as he prepares to have an operation on his injured knee.
All being well, Mane is then expected to be out of action for up to eight weeks, meaning he will be unable to play in any of his team's remaining six league fixtures.
Whilst Klopp and his staff have already accepted that they will be without one of their key men for the run in, the confirmation of Mane's surgery will end whatever small hopes they had that he could play some part in what remains of the season.
The former Southampton star has had an impressive first season at Anfield since joining from St Mary's last summer. Mane has 13 goals and seven assists to his name in all competitions and has been a central part of Klopp's plans for much of the campaign.
It remains to be seen whether Mane's absence will derail the Reds' push for a place in the top four, however, Saturday's come-from-behind win at Stoke will have offered renewed hope to supporters that the team can cope without the 25-year-old and secure a place in next season's Champions League competition.