Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has suffered a knee injury which will keep him out for as long as his suspension.
The Argentina captain sustained the injury in a reckless challenge on Tal Ben Haim during Saturday's 2-0 loss at Portsmouth.
The incident earned him his second red card of the season and a four-match ban, meaning he will miss fixtures against Wolves, Aston Villa, the FA Cup third round tie at Reading and the league clash with Tottenham on 10th January.
However, the club believe his injury will sidelined him for at least that long in any case.
A club spokesman told liverpoolfc.tv: "The player had a scan which confirmed the medical team's initial diagnosis that he suffered a medial ligament sprain in his left knee.
"He is expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks."