Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho set for eight-week lay-off

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is set to miss 6-8 weeks after injuring his knee ligaments in the defeat to Crystal Palace.

There were fears the France centre-back would miss a longer period of game time, if the injury was a full-blown cruciate rupture.

However the damage to his knee ligaments will nonetheless require as much as two months out.

The 25-year-old had already withdrawn from the squad for this month’s international friendlies against Germany and England

“His condition does not allow him to travel to Clairefontaine on Monday as originally planned,” the FFF said in a statement.

Coach Didier Deschamps has called up Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin as Sakho’s replacement.

France host Germany at the Stade de France on Friday and face England at Wembley four days later.

More to follow.