Liverpool’s summer signing Adam Lallana will miss the start of the 2014/15 season through a knee injury.
The ‘Reds’ announced on Friday that the England international, 25, suffered “a knock to his lateral collateral ligament during a session at the Reds’ Harvard University training base in Boston”.
The midfielder, signed for £25m from Southampton earlier in the month, will not undergo surgery, but subsequent scans are required to ascertain the extent of the damage.
“No specific time frame has been placed on a return to fitness, but injuries of this nature can result in a spell of anywhere up to six weeks on the sidelines,” the statement added.
Liverpool open their Premier League campaign at home to Lovren’s former club Southampton on Sunday, August 17.
He could miss Liverpool’s crucial trip to Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.