Having seen him come on against Fulham in the second half, fans had hoped Jose Enrique might have finally found his way past the knee problems that have troubled him all season. Unfortunately for all involved, it was only a brief reprieve.
Having struggled in training this week, it's likely Enrique will have to undergo surgery. And though Brendan Rodgers won't commit to a timeline, in that case the left back will be out for a lot longer than a couple of games.
"José Enrique has been struggling for a little while with an injury," admitted Rodgers in an appearance on TalkSport. "He will probably need an operation. It’s a blow for us because he’s a very talented player."
While the news is terrible for Enrique, for Aly Cissokho there is now the chance to impress despite his struggles at times this season to adjust to the English game. Certainly against Everton on Saturday it would seem Rodgers has little choice but to go with the French loanee.
"The problem started when I got a kick against United and had some bruising on the bone," said Enrique. "When I trained it got tight around my knee and [I had to stop]. For the month after that I was playing but I was training only once a week."
Moving forward, there's always the chance the manager could move Glen Johnson to the right, though that would take Martin Kelly being fit to play ninety minutes on a regular—plus his manager trusting him to do so.
Jose Enrique to Undergo Surgery
Having finally made it back into action against Fulham, Jose Enrique has learned that he won't be playing for quite some time as he is likely to need surgery for his continuing knee troubles.