Liverpool handed welcome boost as star player returns ahead of Watford match

Sankha Ghosh / 16 December 2015

A huge boost for Liverpool as Mamadou Sakho is back in full training and ready to replace devastated Dejan Lovren who picked up an injury against West Ham.

The centre half was running in full motion in the club’s Melwood training ground yesterday when he started his first full contact session with the team-mates after returning from a knee injury that kept him out for five long weeks.

The French defender actually trained over the weekend, and was finally involved in a practice match session to prove his fitness for the weekend visit to Watford in Premier League.

His much-needed return will be happily welcomed by Liverpool, after they were informed about the devastating news that another central defender Lovren will be ruled out for atleast a month, following his horrific clash with West Brom’s Craig Gardner.

The defender was stretchered off the field with blood gushing from a gaping knee wound after a harsh challenge from Gardner, however scans yesterday showed no further damage to cartilage, Lovren will still be out for up to a month with the wound as the injury required five stitches.

The 26-year-old Croatia defender has been one of Jurgen Klopp’ star players in recent weeks and have improved heavily under the new manager, so his injury comes as a huge blow to Liverpool.

Lovren has massive swelling around his injured knee, and the healing process for the horrific injury will take several weeks, so the German tactician doesn’t expect to see Lovren back in action until the New Year at the earliest.

However Sakho will return for the weekend clash against Watford, as he shows no reaction to game time in training yersterday.

The Liverpool manager said ahead of the Baggies clash: “Mama trained first session with the team yesterday but has to carry on training, that’s what he needs. No more issues with knee, [it] is okay.”

“If nothing else happens then Mama should be available next week.”

Klopp has scouted his former Dortmund defender Neven Subotic for the past few weeks, and the latest injury in defence may force him to step up the efforts to land the Serbian defender.

 

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