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The Liverpool boss says the Spaniard has suffered a setback in his recovery from injury and will now need an operation which could mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that defender Jose Enrique is set to undergo a knee operation.

The Spanish left back came off the bench in the 4-0 Premier League thrashing of Fulham before the international break after being sidelined since the victory over Crystal Palace in October.

However, Enrique has suffered a setback and Rodgers has expressed his frustration at losing the former Newcastle man once again.

"Jose Enrique has been struggling for a little while with an injury," he told talkSPORT. "He will probably need an operation. It’s a blow for us because he's a very talented player."

Liverpool returns to Premier League action with a mouth-watering Merseyside derby clash against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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