For Mamadou Sakho, things at Liverpool appear to be going from bad to worse at the moment.
The centre-back may have earned a reprieve for failing a drugs test after UEFA decided not to extend his temporary ban for taking a fat-burning supplement, but he is yet to get his career back on track.
Jurgen Klopp has put Sakho's future at the club back in jeopardy by sending the Frenchman home from their tour of America, according to the Liverpool Echo.
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The 26-year-old has been struggling with an Achilles problem and despite various other injured stars staying with the team, Klopp has decided Sakho will not continue his recovery with the rest of the squad.
The same report in Echo claim concerns have been raised about Sakho's attitude and Klopp is thought to have taken the decision without consulting his medical department.
The club has failed to clear up the exact reasoning behind the manager's decision so for the time being it is merely speculation.
Sakho would have been unlikely to feature at any point on the tour so the most probable explanation is Klopp is keen to step up his rehabilitation back on Merseyside, given the lack of defensive options the German currently has at his disposal.
Joel Matip and Joe Gomez have both struggled to get fully fit but have stayed in the States meanwhile, Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure's summer departures have forced Klopp to delve into the transfer market.
Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan was brought in from Augsburg last week but if Sakho's future is now back in doubt, another defender may need to be signed before the season starts.
Liverpool face Premier League rivals Chelsea in the opening game of their US tour on Thursday and will be hoping to maintain their 100% pre-season record but getting through the game without any more defensive injuries will also be considered a huge positive for Klopp.
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