Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given an update on Joel Matip after the Cameroon international's injury on Sunday.
The defender came off against West Brom and Klopp initially gave a worrying update.
But after the 0-0 draw against Newcastle, there is now a more precise timeframe on the ex-Schalke star's recovery.
Matip has sustained an adductor strain and Klopp said: “The normal stuff with these kind of injuries, [he will be out for] around about three weeks.”
It leaves Liverpool without a senior centre-back after injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Fabinho has been used in the position while Jordan Henderson can also drop back from midfield.
Nat Phillips started against Newcastle, while Rhys Williams is another option from the youth.
But Liverpool's problems appear to be further up the pitch – especially away from home – after dropping more points.
The draw against Newcastle on Wednesday night means it is just one away victory in seven in the Premier League.
It has opened the door for Manchester United, who can go level with the Reds if they win their game in hand.
But Klopp is relaxed over the situation and remains unconcerned despite his side's profligacy against the Magpies.
“Not scoring is concerning if you don’t create,” he said.
“If you do create, it’s OK. We should have won at least 1-0 and we have to accept that.
"I am happy with things I saw tonight. I can work with this performance. That’s why I’m OK.
“The boys are frustrated and rightly so.
“But not about the performance. I think we had four 100 per cent chances and we didn’t accept them.
"We created some unbelievable chances but the opposition was good.
"Newcastle defended with all they had. It was a really good game but not the result we wanted.”
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