Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is expected to be out for around two months after suffering a knee injury in the loss to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
As reported by The Independent, there had been fears within the Liverpool camp that the Frenchman had suffered a cruciate injury after landing awkwardly on his leg at the weekend.
After being forced off the pitch due to the problem and later being seen leaving the stadium on crutches, the club had feared the worst and were possibly preparing for the 25-year-old to be sidelined for an extended period of time.
However, a scan on Monday has revealed that there is ligament damage to his right knee, but it is reported that he has escaped further damage which would have resulted in a bigger issue.
According to The Independent, Sakho will now meet with a consultant on Tuesday to learn the full extent of the injury and begin his rehabilitation.
Regardless of the positive news, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be disappointed to lose the former Paris Saint-Germain star who has established himself in the starting line-up since the German tactician’s arrival.
His absence will now mean that Dejan Lovren will get another opportunity to impress Klopp, although it remains to be seen how much of a negative impact the loss of Sakho has on the team and backline in particular.
The defeat to Palace was Klopp’s first since taking charge at Anfield, and that result leaves his side in 10th place in the Premier League table having registered 17 points in their 12 games so far.
Liverpool return to action after the international break looking to bounce back in a difficult away trip to Manchester City on November 21.