Liverpool's Sadio Mane is checked by a team doctor after picking up an injury against Everton.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane is checked by a team doctor after picking up an injury against Everton. PETER POWELL

Liverpool sweating on fitness of star striker

LIVERPOOL is fearful it could lose Sadio Mane for the rest of the season as it awaits to learn the full extent of his knee injury.

The Senegalese winger fell awkwardly under a challenge from Leighton Baines in Liverpool's 3-1 win over Everton and has been ruled out of their midweek fixtures with Bournemouth and a trip to Stoke.

The Daily Mail reports Liverpool sent its top scorer for a scan, however swelling prevented doctors from being able to properly diagnose Mane's injury.

The worst-case scenario of anterior cruciate ligament injury has been spared, with Mane able to leave Anfield without crutches or a knee brace following Saturday night's game.

However Mane could require surgery which will add another blow to Jurgen Klopp, who is already without Adam Lallana for a month with a thigh strain sustained on international duty.

Captain Jordan Henderson is also no closer to returning having been out of action since February 11. But the Liverpool Echo reports both Henderson and Lallana have travelled to America in a bid to return fighting fit and help Liverpool push for a top four finish.

The duo have flown to Miami for a "change of scenery" as they step up their respective recoveries.

Daniel Sturridge has also returned to training ahead of Liverpool's clash with Bournemouth after two months out with a hip injury and illness.

Klopp denied rumours the striker was set to play a part in the Merseyside Derby last week, but Sturridge has now been photographed training with teammates suggesting he could be in contention for the squad to face Bournemouth.

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