Liverpool defender Mamdou Sakho is facing two months on the sidelines after sustaining a knee injury against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend. The Frenchman fell awkwardly from an aerial challenge and will now consult doctors for rehabilitation.
The Mirror reports that scans on his injury showed signs of ligament damage, but the full extent of the setback can only be assessed after further introspection. The defender will meet a consultant on 10 November, but people in the club have voiced concerns that he will be out of action for an extended period.
The Reds blew the chance to go within 6 points of Arsenal and Manchester City at the top of the table with a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at home, which was Jurgen Klopp's first loss since taking over at Anfield.
It is a massive blow for the Reds, who had narrowed down on Martin Skrtel and Sakho as their first choice defensive pair. The 25-year-old joins Joe Gomez on the sidelines, who is out for the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury. Klopp was extremely agitated following Liverpool's performance, but insisted that he would take a loss if that meant Sakho coming back into the team after shaking off the injury. "I would prefer to lose 4-1 and keep him in the team," Klopp said.
The Reds have a growing injury list, with both defenders already joined by striker duo Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines. Ings is out for the season while Sturridge has sustained a knee injury, having missed the majority of last season with a hip problem. Jordan Henderson is also unavailable due to a broken foot, but the club captain should be available for selection by the end of the month.
Meanwhile, James Milner also sustained a hamstring injury against Palace and could miss England's friendlies against France and Germany in the international break. The former Manchester City man has been a real asset for Klopp with his high energy play, and the manager will be desperate to get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.