Liverpool's new signing Adam Lallana will miss the start of the season after suffering a knee injury in training, said the club.
Lallana, who left Southampton earlier this month for a fee of around $42.43 million, was hurt on the pre-season tour of the US.
The England midfielder, yet to feature in a pre-season match for Liverpool, does not require surgery but will not be fit in time for their opening Premier League game against Southampton on August 17.
"No specific time frame has been placed on a return to fitness but injuries of this nature can result in a spell of anywhere up to six weeks on the sidelines," said the club on their website.
The 26-year-old Lallana, a member of England's World Cup squad in Brazil last month, is also likely to miss away league games against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Meanwhile, Sunderland have signed Netherlands defender Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea.
"The Dutch international has joined the Black Cats on a four-year deal, for an undisclosed fee," said the Premier League club in a statement on their website on Friday.
And Crystal Palace have bolstered their attacking options with the signing of forward Fraizer Campbell from relegated Cardiff City.
"The 26-year-old has penned a three year contract at Selhurst Park after agreeing to join the Eagles from Championship side Cardiff City," read the club statement's statement on their website.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2014.
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