Liverpool are hopeful that striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit in time for the 2013-14 season after his ankle injury was reviewed by a specialist.
The striker was stretchered from the field during England's 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland at Wembley last month following a challenge with Glenn Whelan and immediately withdrew from the trip to Brazil scheduled four days later.
England manager Roy Hodgson said after the game that Sturrdige could face "a few weeks" out with ankle ligament damage, and Liverpool have now confirmed that the 23-year-old's sprain will see him miss most of pre-season preparations.
"Liverpool hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League campaign," a statement on the club's official website read.
"Sturridge's ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist. The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.
"He suffered a high ankle sprain and Liverpool's medical staff had to allow the swelling to reduce before a final assessment was made."