(Reuters) - Liverpool central defender Joel Matip will probably miss the rest of the season due to a thigh injury, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.
The Cameroon international sustained the problem in Saturday’s 2-1 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace and will definitely miss the Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City.
“Matip was able to complete the full 90 minutes of the fixture, but afterwards medical assessment on the thigh revealed surgery is expected to be required to correct the problem,” the club said in a statement on Tuesday.
“The operation is likely to end the 26-year-old’s involvement in the remainder of the 2017-18 season.”
Liverpool host Manchester City at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday, three days before facing local rivals Everton in the league.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond