Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has had an operation on his hip joint in an attempt to reach full fitness ahead of next season.
Sturridge posted a picture of himself in a hospital bed and confirmed that he had undergone a procedure on his injured hip.
"Just want to let the world know I’ve had a successful operation on my hip today and I want to thank God for allowing that to be possible," said Sturridge.
"Onwards and upwards from here. Thanks for the support."
The operation is likely to rule Sturridge out of Brendan Rodgers’ plans for the remainder of the campaign.
The Liverpool striker has barely played since agreeing a new £140,000 a week deal in October but the club’s owner, Fenway Sports Group, has taken a hands-on approach to try and get him ready for pre-season.
for further assessments with a specialist and it is anticipated the operation will rule him out for six weeks.
The 25-year-old has only played 18 games this season due to thigh, calf and hip injuries and his absence has proven damaging to Rodgers’ hopes of securing a top-four place, while he also missed last month’s FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
Behind the scenes at Anfield there has been frustration over Sturridge’s ongoing injury problems but the club also recognise they have to find a solution for one of their prized assets.
This is the second time this season Sturridge has flown out to the United States, after spending last Christmas in New England as he sought to recover from a thigh injury.
Even if Sturridge recovers in time for Liverpool’s pre-season programme, Rodgers is determined to recruit attacking "marquee" players in the summer.
PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay is regarded as a priority signing but the Merseysiders face competition from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Christian Benteke, the Aston Villa forward, is also a likely target but any deal could be complicated by the prospect of a takeover at the Midlands club this summer. Villa will also seek a fee of over £30million, which may prove problematic to Liverpool if they struggle to offload fringe players, and Tim Sherwood sees the Belgian as crucial to his own rebuilding plans.
Divock Origi is already scheduled to link up with the club for pre-season after spending the campaign back on loan with Lille, but Rodgers is expecting a busy summer of ins and outs.
Glen Johnson will depart on a free transfer while there are also doubts over the futures of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, Lucas Leiva and Fabio Borini.