Danny Ings has all but given up hope on playing again for Liverpool this season, but has pledged to come back "extremely strong".
The 23-year-old striker was beginning to find his feet when his maiden season at Anfield was brought to a shuddering halt by a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Ings sustained the injury during Liverpool training just days after making his England debut in October.
It appears the initial six-month prognosis was a little too hopeful and the former Burnley striker accepts it is unlikely he will play for Jurgen Klopp this term.
"When I got the injury I said straight away I will play again before the season finishes," Ings told NBC Sports.
"But I think with the advice I've had of the surgeons and physios, I know they won't risk me and I don't want to risk it myself.
"This is all about the highs and lows of football. I was at the happiest point of my career and then, at the time of the injury, I felt like I was at my lowest point.
"I just felt like I got my foot in the door.
"I was becoming established here at Liverpool, playing games and scoring goals, keeping my place in the team and had made my debut for England, then somebody took that all away from me.
"It is absolutely gutting because football has been my life. If I can't do what I love doing then it is like someone having their kids taken away from them.
"That is how I felt. I know that I am going to come back extremely strong."