Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out Martin Kelly for the remainder of the English Premier League season.
Kelly has not played competitively since sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a 2-1 loss to Manchester United in September.
Rodgers said that even if he does recover in time for the final month of the season, he will likely be held back until 2013/14.
“Martin may well be back towards the beginning of May but that will be to join training. I’m not sure if he’s going to be available to play this season,” Rodgers told the club’s website.
“The feeling with him and Fabio (Borini) was that they would probably miss a big part of the season.”
Rodgers said midfielder Joe Allen will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery but confirmed there were no new injury worries following the international break.
“Everyone has returned fit and ready,” he said.
“A lot of the players who have been on international duty have come back and the medical team has looked at them and everyone is fine.
“There are a couple of little niggles here and there but nothing that’s going to keep anyone out.”