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Mamadou Sakho’s suspension for failed drugs test to be revealed next week

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho should discover the length of his final suspension next week, following his failed drugs test in March.

The 26-year-old has not played for the Reds since scoring in the 4-0 win over Everton on 20th April, after it emerged he had tested positive for a type of banned substance following the Reds’ 1-1 draw at Man United in the Europa League.

Sakho didn’t request UEFA to test the B sample he provided and was subsequently provisionally suspended for 30 days by European football’s governing body.

Having missed the rest of Liverpool’s season, and been excluded from France’s Euro 2016 squad, Sakho has been awaiting the outcome of UEFA’s investigation.

According to French outlet L’Equipe, the case will be examined next week. His provisional 30-day suspension ends on Saturday.

It was initially expected that last Thursday would be the day that UEFA’s Disciplinary Committee gave their verdict, but that has since changed.

The Frenchman’s ban is expected to be anything from six months to two years. The outcome having an impact on Jurgen Klopp‘s summer transfer plans.

Reports on Monday suggest Klopp is targeting another centre-back to contest with Dejan Lovren and new signing Joel Matip.

Next week’s decision is a career-defining one for Sakho, who is expected to plead ignorance after taking a fat burning supplement.

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