Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho faces around two months on the sidelines with a knee injury, despite learning he has not damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.
Sakho injured his knee in the defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday, with the player recently called the most improved at the club since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment.
Initial scans have allayed the club’s worst fears – that Sakho had suffered a similar injury to those which have ruled out Danny Ings and Joe Gomez for the season.
However, the Daily Mail believe that Sakho will still face a spell on the sidelines, with the Frenchman set to meet a specialist on Tuesday to confirm how long he will be out for.
Sakho left Anfield on crutches at the weekend and was seen using them again in midweek as he met consultants, and it is claimed that the 25-year-old will be sidelined for six to eight weeks.
The injury lay-off for Sakho will likely mean Sunday’s substitute (and Brendan Rodgers favourite) Dejan Lovren will be handed the chance to impress Klopp – starting with the clash against Manchester City in their clash a week on Saturday.
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