By Alex Stevens

Fears that Mamadou Sakho could become the third Liverpool player in a month to suffer a season-ending knee injury were eased following scans today, Football Insider sources understand.

Sakho has not followed Danny Ings and Joe Gomez by tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.

But doctors do not anticipate the French defender returning for a number of weeks after hobbling off during the first half of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat yesterday against Crystal Palace.

The centre-back arrived at the Liverpool Shire hospital today on crutches with his right knee in a brace as doctors took scans to determine the extent of the injury.

Sakho is expected to see a specialist tomorrow for a more detailed diagnosis, by which point Jurgen Klopp will have a firm idea of how long the centre-back can expect to be sidelined.

He had fallen awkwardly, with his weight all on his right side, after competing for a high ball 36 minutes into yesterday’s Premier League match.

After receiving treatment, the Frenchman struggled to his feet and continued to play for another four minutes but he accepted the inevitable and was replaced by Dejan Lovren at the 40-minute mark.

The 25-year-old, who has been one of Liverpool’s most impressive performers since Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, has the forthcoming international break to recuperate but is highly unlikely to be fit for the showdown against Manchester City on 21 November.