Much needed boost for Liverpool. Mamadou Sakho cleared of cruciate ligament damage but still has to wait to determine the exact time he will be sidelined. Reports say he could be out for two months.
The 25-year-old Frenchman already has been ruled out of national squad for the two friendlies against Germany and England this week following the injury during Liverpool’s defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Earlier Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had feared a more serious injury for Sakho but it’s now confirmed that he has managed to avoid a rupture in the cruciate ligament of right knee which could have ended his season. The Reds feared the worst because they have already lost Joe Gomez and Danny Ings with ACL injuries.
On Monday Sakho underwent the initial MRI and reports say he will meet a few consultants today to get the clearer picture of the injury and a suggested prognosis on the recovery sessions after possible cruciate damage was ruled out yesterday.
But, He will definitely miss the two international friendlies and also also a doubt for Liverpool’s next big match in a fortnight’s time against Manchester City.
A statement from the French Football Federation yesterday said, “Mamadou Sakho, who suffered a sprained right knee during Liverpool’s game against Crystal Palace, has been forced to withdraw for France’s upcoming international friendly games. His condition does not allow him to travel to Clairefontaine as originally planned on Monday morning.
“The medical staffs of Liverpool and Team France have been in contact since Sunday night and the player will undergo an MRI today in England.”
France manager Didier Deschamps has called up Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin for Sakho’s replacement.
Jurgen Klopp earlier admitted the knee injury picked up by Mamadou Sakho “looks bad”, but also insisted that Liverpool will wait for the necessary scans to analyse the full extent of the injury.
Last Sunday the promising defender, during the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace fell awkwardly in an aerial challenge, as he was substituted just before break after trying to play on with the injury.
Sakho had to leave Anfield on crutches after the match with his knee was seen in a brace, and the 25-year-old Frenchman reportedly confirmed the press that he is still unsure about the extent of his latest injury.
Not only Sakho, Jordan Ibe also has bruising on knee following a tackle at Anfield but medical reports later revealed, the injury is nothing serious and Ibe will play the high voltage Premier League encounter at the Etihad on 21st November.