Sunday 23 October 2016

Sakho blow for Liverpool

Mamadou Sakho has picked up an Achilles injury. Picture Credit: PA
Mamadou Sakho has picked up an Achilles injury. Picture Credit: PA

Liverpool could start the new season without Mamadou Sakho due to an Achilles injury while fellow centre-back Martin Skrtel has arrived in Istanbul ahead of his proposed move to Fenerbahce.

Only last week Sakho, 26, learned that proceedings opened against him following a failed drugs test in March had been dropped by UEFA, meaning he is now free to play having served an interim 30-day ban which saw him miss the Europa League final and cost him a place in France's Euro 2016 squad.

However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his central defender is now due to be sidelined for another month because of an injury which had been troubling him towards the tail end of the previous campaign.

"Mama had a little issue with his Achilles when he was playing, one day on, one off, this kind of thing," Klopp said in quotes published in several national newspapers.

"When he had his little 'break' he used the time to have a little bit of treatment and that now means another three or four weeks before he can train again.

"There was no surgery, he is just not about to train at the moment. He has got some rehab of course and it's not too good a situation for him, for us, everybody. It's not important what I could say because everyone thinks the same. He's here, he's not available at the moment but he is doing rehab."

Liverpool, meanwhile, beat League One side Fleetwood Town 5-0 in a friendly at Highbury Stadium last night.

A first-half goal from Marko Grujic was followed by second half strikes from Ben Woodburn, Roberto Firmino (2) and Lucas.

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