Liverpool have announced that Sadio Mane could be out for up to six weeks after picking up an injury on international duty.
Mane was substituted late on in Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory against Cape Verde on Saturday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Liverpool confirmed that the winger’s injury will sideline him for well over a month.
“Sadio Mane is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury on international duty, Liverpool FC can confirm,” a club statement read.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 10, 2017
“The winger was substituted 89 minutes into Senegal’s 2-0 World Cup qualifying win over the Cape Verde Islands on Saturday.
“And it has now been confirmed that he picked up an injury during that fixture that could keep him out of action for up to six weeks.”
The development is a significant blow to Liverpool’s aspirations in the Premier League and Champions League, with Mane being integral to Jurgen Klopp’s forward play.
The 25-year-old has played nine times for Liverpool this season after recovering from knee surgery, which cut short his excellent first campaign at Anfield.
The first game Mane will sit out is Manchester United’s visit to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
He has already missed three domestic matches this season after receiving a suspension following his sending off at Manchester City last month.
Glenn is ESPN FC’s Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.