By John Drayton
Glen Johnson has handed Liverpool a massive injury blow with news the England defender could be out of action until Christmas.
The full-back injured his ankle in the recent 1-0 victory over Manchester United, hobbling off in the 78th minute and was spotted leaving Anfield on crutches after the match.
Crunch point: Johnson injured his ankle in this collision with United defender Patrice Evra
Liverpool's forthcoming fixtures
v Swansea (A) Sept 16
v Southampton (H) Sept 21
v Man United (A) Sept 25
v Sunderland (A) Sept 29
v Crystal Palace (H) Oct 5
v Newcastle (A) Oct 19
v West Brom (H) Oct 26
v Arsenal (A) Nov 2
v Fulham (H) Nov 9
v Everton (A) Nov 23
v Hull (A) Dec 1
v Norwich (H) Dec 4
v West Ham (H) Dec 7
v Tottenham (A) Dec 15
v Cardiff (H) Dec 21
Liverpool physios have been made to wait for detailed results from a scan as his ankle was so severely swollen and now there are fears he could be out for up to 10 weeks.
Johnson would miss a raft of crucial games for the Reds who have made a perfect start to the new season under Brendan Rodgers and sit top of the Barclays Premier League.
Trips to Arsenal and Everton are looming on the horizon as well as England's remaining World Cup qualifiers.
The news will be a huge headache for Anfield boss Rodgers who is also sweating on striker Daniel Sturridge who has been ruled out of England's World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine with a thigh strain.
Sturridge has scored five goals already this season, with three in the Barclays Premier League and two in the Capital One Cup against Notts County.
The Liverpool forward has also scored nine in his last eight games in the Premier League but aggravated the injury against United.
Christmas crocker? Johnson could be out for as long as 10 weeks, missing a huge chunk of Liverpool's campaign
Perfect start: Rodgers' side have taken maximum points from their opening three games this season