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Mamadou Sakho gives injury update: “It will be between four and six weeks”

Relieving fears that he was facing a long-term layoff with his knee injury, Mamadou Sakho has set a timeline of “between four and six weeks” for his recovery.

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho applauds the travelling supporters after the 1-1 draw with FC Girondins de Bordeaux the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Frenchman was initially feared to have suffered a season-ending ACL injury after landing awkwardly during November’s 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, but scans showed that it was a less serious issue.

With Jurgen Klopp dropping encouraging hints as to Sakho’s injury status in recent press conferences, the Liverpool centre-back has reinforced this positive focus.

“I’m very happy because I think it’s good news. Everyone thought I had a big injury for a long time,” he revealed.

“But, thank God, I think it will be between four and six weeks.

“We will see the evolution. Now I feel much better, I work and I hope I will come back as soon as possible.

“For me, it’s not difficult. I take my injury like that because I can change nothing.

“I know which way I have to go, which road I have to take.

“I have the objective to come back as soon as possible, as strong as possible.

“When I come back I will try to give my best like before.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 22, 2015: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho salutes the Kop after the 1-1 draw against Rubin Kazan during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Sakho has just been named Standard Chartered’s Player of the Month for October, underlining his strong performances and importance to Klopp’s side.

The 25-year-old produced a string of excellent displays at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with his strength, perception and authority making him a crucial component as the Reds went unbeaten following Klopp’s arrival.

Injury at Anfield came as a disappointing blow for Sakho, as Liverpool looked in a healthy position with him as defensive leader.

Dejan Lovren has performed comfortably in his place, but the return of Sakho will be a major boost for Klopp.

Liverpool take on Leicester City at Anfield in four weeks’ time, which could herald a long-awaited return for Sakho.

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