Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said Daniel Sturridge is expected to be out of action until September and confirmed Divock Origi will return to Anfield following his loan spell at Lille.
Having been plagued with injuries during much of the current campaign, the England international underwent an operation in United States on 5 May due to a problem in his hip.
And Rodgers has now confirmed the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker will also miss the start of next season as he will be out of action for around four months.
"We anticipate Daniel will be back hopefully to train around about September time," Rodgers confirmed.
"It's a period of time out, but we're hopeful the problems and issues he's had have been resolved with the operation. Now he can recover and hopefully get back as quick as he possibly can.
"We're anticipating it's going to be around September before he can actually start training and then it's about getting his fitness up."
After Sturridge managed to start just seven Premier League games this season and with the rest of the Liverpool forwards failing to cope following Luis Suarez's departure, Rodgers had previously claimed he is keen on bringing a top marquee striker to Anfield this summer.
And even though the manager has previously been coy on his plans, he has confirmed that, apart from a new addition, Origi will be joining the squad.
The 20-year-old Belgium starlet was signed in the summer of 2014 after he attracted the attention of a number of big clubs during an impressive World Cup but Rodgers sent him back on loan to Lille to continue his development.
Having scored eight league goals and further one in the Europa League this campaign, Rodgers expects him to "be a great asset" for Liverpool next campaign. He said: "Young Divock coming in will be a great asset for us. We will see what the summer brings."