Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will be out for another two weeks after the recurrence of a thigh injury which he picked up in training last month.

The former Paris Saint-Germain man has not played since the Reds' League Cup win over Middlesbrough and is facing another few days on the sidelinesa as his team continue to struggle for form.

The defender will miss their tie against Swansea City in the Capital One Cup but the current setback should not keep him out for too long, according to assistant manager Colin Pascoe.

"He's progressing well. He was unfortunate - he came back in and picked up a similar injury," the Weslshman told Liverpool's Official Website.

"It will be another couple of weeks for Mamadou and then hopefully he'll be back. As soon as he's fit and raring to go, he's available," he added.

The Frenchman made headlines a few days ago after leaving Anfield unceremoniously, having been left out of the squad against Everton. However, he was quick to own up to his mistake and apologise, which calmed the nerves of Liverpool fans.

The runners up from last season are currently languishing in seventh spot, having been held to a 0-0 draw against Hull City at home. The absence of Daniel Sturridge due to injury has had a devastating effect on their performance, which has gone from bad to worse in recent weeks.

Mario Balotelli's form has not helped matters, with the Reds being destroyed 3-0 by Real Madrid at home in the group stages of the Champions League. Their league form has also tapered off and they are now faced with a five-way battle with Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Southampton for two Champions league spots.

The Reds will travel to Tyneside this week to play Newcastle followed by a huge game against Chelsea the following weekend.