International breaks during the season are rarely warmly welcomed by fans due to concerns over the fitness of their players.
Plenty of Premier League stars have been in action for their countries over the past week, either competing in the UEFA Nations League or in friendlies.
Liverpool have had a handful of first-team personnel away on international duty, but some have had injury scares.
Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk have been in the headlines for potential injury blows, and now Sadio Mane has picked up a problem.
According to Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle, it is believed that the attacker has broken his thumb while playing for Senegal.
#LFC are aware Sadio Mane has suffered a hand injury while on international duty with Senegal. Will be assessed on return to Melwood. Reports suggest Mane has broken his thumb.
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) October 15, 2018
It is unsure whether Mane’s availability for Saturday’s Premier League game against Huddersfield Town will be affected.
On Twitter, plenty of Liverpool fans reacted to the news, with some venting their anger about international breaks, while others believe that the nature of the injury means that Mane will be available to play this weekend.
Looks like he won’t be in goal on Saturday then, perhaps throw him up front and see how he gets on!
— Rob B (@Robbbridge) October 15, 2018
WTF! What’s the point of these National duties? ?
— J ! M ! R A C H Y (@Lazdekid4) October 15, 2018
We’re not going to have any fit players by the end of this international break. Ridiculous
— XS (@Xherdannn23) October 15, 2018
Well he’s not a keeper so that should be fine.
— Neil Tebbutt (@tebbutt4) October 15, 2018
This is ridiculous
— roy hanson (@royhans25864453) October 15, 2018
Is that all? Shouldn’t stop him playing.
— Susan Whitbrook (@anfield0405) October 15, 2018
No reason he can’t play at the weekend #manup
— ep1976 (@EwenPearson2) October 15, 2018
And this is why we hate the international break?♂️
— Suleiman Mohamed (@Suleimantinho_d) October 15, 2018
Will any #LFC players survive this international window!?
— Philip Roberts (@ThePhilRoberts) October 15, 2018
That can’t possibly put him out of action. If you can play cricket with a broken finger, you sure as hell can play football. It’s all in the name. Foot. Ball.
— Robert Hall (@KetchupRob) October 15, 2018