Liverpool’s Allen ruled out for remainder of season

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Updated: March 20, 2013

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has been
ruled out for the remainder of the season ahead of shoulder surgery, the club
confirmed on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old has been battled a shoulder ailment since November and
aggravated it in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Southampton.

Allen was withdrawn from the Wales national squad ahead of their World Cup
qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia and will have surgery on his left
shoulder on Thursday.

“Joe Allen is due to have a left shoulder operation on Thursday morning in
Liverpool and will be ready to return to football at the beginning of next
season,” Liverpool team doctor Zaf Iqbal said.