Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Mamadou Sakho's injury, picked up in a 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace before the international break, is not as serious as first feared.
It was first thought the towering Frenchman would be missing from Liverpool's back four until the new year with an ACL injury, similar to that of season-ending injuries suffered by Joe Gomez and Danny Ings.
However, news from Melwood regarding Sakho's injury has been positive and will come as a major boost to Liverpool's season.
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Klopp said, according to the Liverpool Echo: "Mama is good news. It's not that serious, not like we first thought.
"We don't want to give you a time, but it won't be Christmas 2016, so that’s good."
Since Klopp took over at Anfield, his injury list has continually grown with Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and now Sakho having all been sidelined.
The latter, however, has undoubtedly made the biggest impact on the team this year. The France international's leadership from defence has not gone unnoticed by Liverpool fans, who proudly sing his name in every game he features.
Such news will undoubtedly come as a huge relief for Liverpool fans, with Sakho proving the Reds' most reliable, all-round centre-back since Jamie Carragher's retirement in 2013.
Under-fire Dejan Lovren, rather reluctantly, will fill the void left by Sakho until he returns which is now expected to be late December - a crucial time given the winter fixtures' reputation for making or breaking a Champions League qualification push.
But hope remains that with Sakho's return imminent, the Frenchman can once again forge a strong centre-back partnership with Martin Skrtel and help fire Liverpool back into Europe's elite competition.
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