Liverpool’s defence, already depleted due to suspensions to Martin Skrtel and Emre Can, suffered another blow last night when Mamadou Sakho limped off with a hamstring injury. With the player clutching his leg as he left the pitch, the fears were he could be facing an extended spell on the sidelines, and while today’s news isn’t great, it perhaps isn’t as bad as it might have been.
Further scans of his injured hamstring will have to be done to discover the full extent of the damage, but initial reports suggest he is likely to miss at least two weeks of action. That two week time frame would mean that Sakho will be unavailable for the next two matches, against Newcastle in the league and then Aston Villa at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final,
both matches that Skrtel will also miss due to his suspension. Edit: Skrtel will only miss Newcastle, having already served two of his three-game suspension.
Depending on the results of the scans, Sakho may also be doubtful for subsequent matches against West Bromwich Albion and Hull City in the league, though at least Skrtel will be back by then. In slightly more positive news, Emre Can will be available to face Newcastle after sitting out against Blackburn for the two yellows he received the previous week in league against Arsenal.
Liverpool will also be boosted by the strong performances turned in by Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure last night following Sakho’s departure, though with both Sakho and Skrtel guaranteed to miss the next match, any positive to be found in that has to be tempered by the fact that the club will be missing their two best defenders against Newcastle.