Liverpool will be without the services of Charlie Adam of the rest of the season after the midfielder picked up a knee injury during the Reds' 3-2 loss against Queen Park Rangers last week. Adam was forced off at halftime following a crunching challenge by Armand Traore (which saw the fullback withdrawn from the match as well), and although nobody expected a particularly serious injury the worst has now been confirmed - the former Blackpool man will miss several months with lateral ligament damage.
Adam isn't the only Liverpool midfielder who's absent for the rest of the year, of course. The influential Lucas Leiva has been missing since November, a point that more or less marks the collapse of the club's form. Adam's injury won't have nearly the same impact - he's been poor for most of the season so the loss probably won't impact their FA Cup run, and Liverpool are in a position where they should be looking to their youth for the rest of the year anyway. Still, it's not a good way for Adam to end a disappointing campaign.