Liverpool forward Fabio Borini needs surgery on his broken foot and is set to be out for around three months.
The 21-year-old, who
joined from Roma in July,
aggravated the injury while training with the Italian Under-21 squad for their fixture against Sweden last week.
said: "Typically, an injury of this nature requires a three-month rehabilitation period."
Borini yet to break through
Fabio Borini scored on his Anfield debut in the Europa League on 9 August, but is goalless since then.
Liverpool now have only Luis Suarez available as a recognised striker.
Borini, a former Chelsea trainee, moved to Anfield in the summer for an undisclosed fee
reported to be in the region of £11m.
scored on his home debut in August
in a 3-0 win in Europa League qualifying against FC Gomel, but has yet to find the net again.
loaned Andy Carroll to West Ham
on transfer deadline day, leaving only Suarez and youngsters Daniel Pacheco, Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair and Adam Morgan as possible striking options.
It is understood Liverpool have the option to recall Carroll from West Ham in January.