Liverpool winger Sadio Mane has undergone surgery on the knee injury that is set to rule him out for the rest of the season.
Mane suffered meniscus damage in his left knee after colliding with Leighton Baines during Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Everton in the Merseyside derby earlier this month.
The 25-year-old Senegal international travelled to London on Tuesday to undergo surgery and was seen leaving a private hospital on crutches later in the afternoon.
The injury is expected to keep Mane out of action for about eight weeks – effectively ending his first season with the Anfield club.
Liverpool had originally hoped that the winger would avoid the need for surgery but after a series of scans determined that there was no other option but for him to go under the knife.
Mane will now miss Liverpool’s remaining six Premier League fixtures, starting with the trip to West Brom on Sunday afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side also face Crystal Palace, Watford, Southampton and West Ham in the coming weeks before ending their season with a home game against Middlesbrough on May 21.
Mane was sent a message of support by his Senegal team-mate, West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, who wrote on Twitter: ‘I am praying for a quick recovery for you.
‘Be strong and think positive. You will come back stronger. Alhamdoulila for everything.’