Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher has been ruled out for around three months, after learning that he requires surgery on the shoulder he dislocated in the weekend defeat at Spurs.
The 32-year-old central defender had to be replaced late on at White Hart Lane after a collision with Peter Crouch and subsequent tests have shown the need for an operation.
Carragher told his club's official website: "I'll be having surgery at the end of the week. The average is about 12 weeks.
"I'd like to come back before that but I've got to make sure it's right. It will probably be late February or early March when I'm looking to come back.
"It's difficult for me when I'm injured. It hasn't happened very often and I'm very lucky with that I suppose, but maybe it's caught up with me a little bit now.
"I've been here before with a broken leg which put me out this length of time. It's not easy, but you've got to get on with it and it makes you more determined to get back.
"I'm sure towards the end of the season when people are maybe feeling a little bit tired I'll be raring to go."