Reports: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho accepts UEFA findings over sample

Mamadou Sakho

Sakho reportedly tested positive for a banned substance after Liverpool progressed against Manchester United in the Europa League.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has accepted the findings that he tested positive for a banned substance after last month's UEFA Europa League tie with Manchester United and did not ask for a B sample to be tested.

The French defender was made unavailable for selection for Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle United as the news broke with suggestions that he had taken a fat burner.

According to reports in the Guardian, among other sources, accepting the findings could mean that any punishment handed down by UEFA could be served a little earlier.

As a result, Sakho is expected not to play again for the Reds this season, and is likely to miss the European Championships with France - who are also hosting the tournament.

The Liverpool Echo reports that Sakho could be banned for up to two years, but with some mitigation it could be as little as six months.

Liverpool will not be commenting on the situation until it has been resolved between the player and UEFA.

The news came as something as a blow for Liverpool as Sakho was forming a pretty effective central defensive partnership with Dejan Lovren. But that has been broken up with the Reds heading into a key stage of the season as Liverpool take on Villarreal in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final at El Madrigal tomorrow evening.

His future could be thrown into doubt, but if he remains at Liverpool he could face a task getting back into the side if he is available for selection next season - with Joel Matip arriving from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer and youngster Joe Gomez also returning to fitness after a lengthy injury. 

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