English Premier League (EPL) title contenders Liverpool FC confirmed that Joe Gomez is to undergo surgery on Monday.
The surgery will assist his recovery from a lower leg fracture sustained at Burnley on December 5.
The defender has been undergoing a rehabilitation programme since suffering the initial break at Turf Moor.
However, after further diagnosis, the club’s medical staff believe he will benefit from a further procedure to enable a more complete recovery.
No timescale will be placed on an expected return date for Gomez, though it’s likely he will feature again this season.
“It’s a blow for the boy and for us - because prior to the injury he was in such fantastic shape," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said.
“But he is too valuable to take any risk with, both for our present and future, so we get this procedure done and he comes back when he’s ready.
“His attitude during this rehab has been outstanding but it just hasn’t healed as we’d have liked so we will make this intervention and then he will come back.”
Gomez had made 18 appearances so far this season prior to sustaining the injury in December.