Mamadou Sakho's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year continues apace, this time with the news that the Achilles injury that kept him off of the pitch for much of the second half of last season will require at least three to four additional weeks of rehab.
After being cleared of any doping violations this week by UEFA, Sakho was likely eager to get back into training and onto the pitch. It was expected that the France international would feature in Wednesday's friendly against Fleetwood Town, but instead he will now be missing all of Liverpool's pre-season and the start of the regular season as he completes his rehab.
While this will be disappointing to the fans, the club, and the player himself, if the extra weeks of rehab prevent this injury from sidelining Sakho for long stretches during the season, it will have been worth it. However, fans, such as yours truly, hoping to see the cult favorite in action during Liverpool's pre-season US tour are going to be disappointed.
Meanwhile, with Kolo Toure already gone and Martin Skrtel's Fenerbahce move nearly complete, Klopp's options at center-back will be severely limited. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are the team's only senior center-backs aside from Sakho.
The manager will be aware of this shortcoming in his squad, particularly after last season's ridiculous defensive injury problems, and considering that Joel Matip will be unavailable during the busy winter schedule when he goes off to play with Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations. Because of this, it's likely we'll see another defender or two brought in before the end of the summer transfer window.
Regarding Sakho's unfortunate setback, Klopp had this to say:
"Mama had a little issue with his Achilles when he was playing, one day on, one off, this kind of thing. When he had his little ‘break’ he used the time to have a little bit of treatment and that now means another three or four weeks before he can train again.
"There was no surgery, he is just not about to train at the moment. He has got some rehab, of course, and it’s not too good a situation for him, for us, everybody.
"It’s not important what I could say because everyone thinks the same. He’s here, he’s not available at the moment but he is doing rehab. We will see how he reacts to that and then when he can play again."
Barring any further injuries, Sakho, who hasn't seen action since April 20th, should return to the team in mid-August to help them with their difficult early run of league games.