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Season over for Mellor

Published: Thursday 3 March 2005, 12.03CET
Liverpool FC centre-forward Neil Mellor will not play again this season after undergoing double knee surgery.

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Published: Thursday 3 March 2005, 12.03CET

Season over for Mellor

Liverpool FC centre-forward Neil Mellor will not play again this season after undergoing double knee surgery.
Liverpool FC striker Neil Mellor will not play again this season after undergoing double knee surgery today.

Forward woe
The 22-year-old has been suffering with tendinitis in both knees, and an operation is the only way to cure the problem. Mellor will join fellow forwards Djibril Cissé (broken leg) and Florent Sinama-Pongolle (knee) on the long-term casualty list at Anfield. Midfield player Xabi Alonso and goalkeeper Chris Kirkland are also unlikely to figure again in the current campaign with ankle and back injuries respectively.

Goalscoring success
Mellor only broke into the first-team picture at Liverpool this season, scoring five goals in 16 games. His strikes have included a last-minute winner in a 2-1 Premiership victory against Arsenal FC in November and a crucial goal the following month in the 3-1 win against UEFA Champions League group stage rivals Olympiacos CFP.

Striking absences
Mellor's absence means Liverpool go into next week's Champions League first knockout round return at Bayer 04 Leverkusen with only one recognised striker in Milan Baroš, as Fernando Morientes is cup-tied. The Premiership side have a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.

Last updated: 03/03/05 17.11CET

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