LIVERPOOL, England -- Liverpool's difficult week has been capped by the news that Jermaine Pennant requires surgery on a stress fracture of his right tibia and will be out until early 2008.
Pennant has been playing with a stress fracture injury since the start of the season.
The winger, who faces 10 weeks on the sidelines, limped out of Liverpool's Champions League defeat at Besiktas on Wednesday night, a result that leaves them struggling to qualify for the group stages.
Pennant has been carrying the problem for the whole of the season and is now set to have surgery at the weekend.
Club spokesman Ian Cotton told the Reds' official Web site: "For the last eight weeks Jermaine has undergone intensive treatment at Melwood between matches for the injury.
"But following an acute exacerbation of the problem during the game against Besiktas, it has now been decided he requires surgery.
"We anticipate Jermaine will be out for approximately 10 weeks."
Liverpool, who are unbeaten in the Premier League this season, face a crucial match with leaders Arsenal on Sunday as they bid to get their season back on track. E-mail to a friend