London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Liverpool will play without midfielder Philippe Coutinho until October after he suffered a shoulder injury that needs immediate surgery.
Coutinho suffered the injury after falling awkwardly in a challenge with Ashley Williams during the second half of Monday’s 2-2 draw at Swansea.
After leaving Liberty Stadium with his arm in a sling, he underwent a scan on Merseyside to assess the extent of the problem.
After the test, it was determined that he needed operation to repair the damage to his acromioclavicular joint — or AC joint — which is at the top of the shoulder.
“After being assessed by the Reds medical staff, it’s been decided that Coutinho will now have surgical stabilisation on the AC joint in his shoulder,” the team said in a statement.
“Liverpool hope to have the 21-year-old back in contention again towards the end of October,” it added.
Liverpool has five more Premier League games between now and the end of October, against Southampton, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Newcastle and West Brom.
The 21-year-old is set to miss the bulk of those, and will also be absent for next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third-round trip to Manchester United.
Coutinho was the fourth Liverpool player in 2013 to suffer a shoulder problem, behind midfielders Joe Allen and Steven Gerrard and striker Fabio Borini.
The Brazil international has started all four of Liverpool’s Premier League games this season, playing a key role in the three wins and a draw that have taken them to the top of the table.