Liverpool are facing up to five games with Mamadou Sakho after the defender sustained a hamstring injury, reports ESPN.
The France international was forced off during Liverpool's narrow FA Cup quarter-final win against Blackburn Rovers last week and scans have now revealed that the damage is extensive.
Sakho now has no chance of playing in Liverpool's semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday and could miss as many as four Premier League matches. The first of those will come tonight when Liverpool try to keep their top four hopes alive against Newcastle United.
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A massive blow
It is massive blow for Brendan Rodgers but also for Sakho, who was finally finding some of his best form after suffering another frustrating season with injury. The 25-year-old has already suffered two notable injuries this season.
A thigh problem kept him out for the best part of two months from September to November while a hip problem saw him miss five games in February. He also suffered a number of injury problems last season.
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It means that since moving to Anfield in 2013 Sakho has started just 31 Premier League games and this latest injury means he could only conceivably play a couple more in the current campaign.
By that time Liverpool could well be out of contention for a Champions League qualifying spot. His potential return to the squad could be on May 2 when Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have a conceivable chance of winning the title against the Reds and Sakho's return could boost their chances of preventing such embarrassment.
For now Liverpool will be focussed on staying within touching distance of fourth-place Manchester City. They will need a win against Newcastle United but will have to do it with Sakho and team-mate Martin Skrtel.
Skrtel will serve the final game in a three-match ban for stamping on David de Gea in the recent 2-1 defeat against Manchester United. Emre Can is likely to start as a makeshift centre-back after he served a one-game suspension for his red card against Arsenal.
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