Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is facing a six-month suspension following a failed drugs test, The Guardian state.
The prevalence of doping in sport has increased over the last 12 months, with a lot of scandals in tennis, athletics and swimming – with Maria Sharapova testing positive for meldonium making global news.
Sakho sat out the Reds’ 2-2 draw against Newcastle on Saturday after it was revealed that he had tested positive for a ‘fat-burner’ drug and would need to offer another sample for examination.
Liverpool have released a statement over their centre-half that clarifies that the former Paris Saint-Germain stalwart will not feature in the near future.
“Yesterday, a formal communication was received from Uefa stating that they are investigating a possible anti-doping rule violation by Mamadou Sakho. The player will respond to Uefa on the matter,” it reads.
“The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed the player will not be available for selection for matches.”
Sakho’s importance to the Merseyside outfit has become clear since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, with the France international preferred by the German manager.
As yet it has not been detailed whether the Liverpool enforcer’s place at Euro 2016 this summer is under threat.