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Flanagan injury blow for Reds

Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has suffered another injury setback which is expected to keep him out of action for several months.

The 22-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer, has missed the whole season with a knee injury and he has now had to undergo another knee operation.

Flanagan, who made 23 appearances for Liverpool last season, suffered the original injury in pre-season and had been targeting a return but a scan of the knee revealed another problem requiring surgery.

Flanagan was on the standby list for Roy Hodgson's England squad and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said in March he hopes a new contract will be agreed with the defender.

Rodgers said then: "He is working his way back to fitness and when that happens I am sure the contract will get sorted out.

"He is a big part of the future here. He did remarkably well last year and showed he is player who can play for many years at this level."

It will be bitterly disappointing for the player who has worked so hard to get back to fitness after suffering the injury on the American pre-season tour last year. His latest will be his third operation."