Mamadou Sakho
Mamadou Sakho still pushing to be fully fitReuters

Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho has confirmed he will be out of action for "ten more days".

The French international suffered an injury while training before the Champions League game against Basel on 1 October.

Sakho missed the defeat against the Swiss side, the Real Madrid game and the two Premier League victories over West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers. He was also unavailable for the French international friendlies against Portugal and Armenia.

On Wednesday 22 October, the defender claimed he expected to be on the sidelines for a bit longer before returning to action.

"After the examinations that I did early this week, my injury will need ten more days of treatment. It's better to be careful and not to go too fast," Sakho said on his official Facebook account before the Real Madrid game while wishing his teammates luck.

The defender is likely to miss the Premier League game against Hull on Saturday 25 October, the Capital One Cup match with Swansea on 28 October and the league game against Newcastle United on 1 November.

Sakho may be ready to return for the next Champions League game against Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid side on 4 November.

Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren are expected to lead the back-line during this period, with Kolo Toure the only first-team defensive cover available for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

Sakho has had a slow start to the campaign, missing a number of games due to injuries.

And, just before his injury, the defender had a rift with the manager after storming out of Anfield for being left out of the Liverpool squad in the 1-1 draw against Everton.

"His reaction [on Saturday] is not something we expect from one of our players. We've spoken, he's apologised and we'll move on from it," Rodgers said at the time.

However, Sakho quickly issued an apology and is now looking forward to return to action as soon as possible to move on from a difficult start to the season.