Liverpool have confirmed that Sadio Mane is set for a significant spell on the sidelines after sustaining injury on international duty.
The Senegalese forward was in action with his national side in World Cup qualifying last weekend, but had to be replaced after 89 minutes during their 2-0 win against Cape Verde Islands.
Liverpool have now confirmed that Mane has suffered a significant hamstring injury and will be out of action fro up to six weeks while he recovers.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 10, 2017
It is another blow for the player, who missed the tail-end of last season due to injury and has just returned from a three-game suspension. It will also be a massive loss for manager Jurgen Klopp, who has come to rely on the 25-year-old as a vital part of his attacking game plan at Anfield.
The timing is also all wrong for the manager, with high-flying Manchester United visiting on Saturday morning and Klopp needing a positive result to kick-start Liverpool’s season.
As well as that clash with Man United, Mane could also miss up to seven more Premier League matches (including huge fixtures against Tottenham and Chelsea), as well as the bulk of the Reds’ remaining Champions League group stage games.
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