Liverpool fans can breathe a sigh of relief as a scan reveals that Sadio Mané's shoulder injury suffered in training on Wednesday is merely a muscular strain rather than a dislocation. When the Senegalese winger was transported to the hospital this afternoon, it was feared that a potential dislocation would place him on the sidelines for up to three months, depending on its severity. With confirmation that the injury is muscular in nature, it is expected that the former Southampton man will miss the upcoming trip to Burnley, but be back in contention for the clash with Tottenham the following weekend.
Fresh off a man of the match performance in the Reds' season opener at Arsenal, a protracted injury layoff would've been the absolute worst case scenario for the 24-year old, and as Mané possesses attributes that are in short supply elsewhere in the squad, his absence would've been felt on both sides of the ball. It would also have been another question mark against Jürgen Klopp's strenuous pre-season training regime, which has already yielded a number of injuries to expected first-team regulars.
With this injury-scare out of the way, it is time for the team and manager to continue their preparation for the weekend, and see if they can strike out a path of consistency and follow up their season opener with a win at Turf Moor.