Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a knee injury.
The Brazil international was carried off on a stretcher in the second half of the Reds' 2-0 Carling Cup quarter-final win at Chelsea on Tuesday.
Manager Kenny Dalglish's worst fears were confirmed after a scan revealed damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in the player's left knee.
"The Brazil international will undergo surgery and unfortunately be ruled out for the remainder of the current campaign," said a statement from the club.
News of Lucas' injury is a crushing blow to Dalglish and the rest of the team as the 24-year-old has been one of Liverpool's best players over the last two seasons.
In the last fortnight, in particular, the Brazilian has shown his worth with impressive performances against Chelsea in both the Barclays Premier League and Carling Cup victories and also in the 1-1 draw at home to Manchester City on Sunday.
He has forged a successful central midfield p...