UEFA have not banned Mamadou Sakho and he is eligible to feature in Liverpool’s Europa League semi-final first leg on Thursday.
The European football’s governing body have not made any official announcement, which can stop the 26-year-old to play the Villarreal match, even after failing a drugs test following Liverpool’s round of-16 match at Manchester United.
But DailyMail claims that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, still will not pick the French defender as the investigation is going on.
On March 17, Sakho tested positive for a fat burner (which he claims to be the source of the banned substance) after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at the Old Trafford.
He then went on to make two further appearances in the competition’s quarter-finals against Borussia Dortmund, and even scored in the second leg as Liverpool won 5-4 on aggregate.
A confirmation has been made by UEFA this week about Sakho’s eligibility in the semi-final first leg of Europa League: ‘There are no disciplinary proceedings opened at this stage.’
‘UEFA does not provide details on the substance until a potential disciplinary decision, including a potential appeal, has been made.’
Sakho can still request for his B sample to be tested, but in an attempt to challenge that Sakho should appeal within 26th of April.
Sakho will face a ban for any period of time between six months and two years, but if chooses to request to check his B sample things can change, it can either prove his innocence or it can make things worse and he might face a lengthy ban afterwards.
Having received a same kind of ban before during his time at Manchester City, Sakho’s Ivorian teammate quoted:
‘I haven’t spoken with Mama, to be honest,’ Toure said on Sunday. ‘But I’ve been there and it’s really difficult, definitely.
‘I don’t want to remember that because it has been tough for me. I don’t even want to talk about that because it is very hard.’
Chances of Sakho playing for the Reds, for the remainder of this season is pretty low, but the defender will continue his training with the first team as usual.
Sakho played a vital role in both of Liverpool’s wins, the 4-3 comeback against Borussia Dortmund at the Anfield and the 4-0 Merseyside derby victory over Everton.