By Alex Taylor
Sadio Mane has been rushed to hospital after suffering a shoulder injury in training – and Liverpool fans immediately hailed it is a possibly huge blow.
The Express claim that the forward sustained the damage after a collision during a team training session at Melwood on Wednesday morning, and that Mane left the training base with the club physios.
He was taken to the Spire Liverpool Hospital and the report says that the Reds medical team are now awaiting the results of a scan to ascertain the extent of the problem.
The Mail report that Mane may have dislocated his shoulder in what would be a huge injury blow to the Merseysiders.
Liverpool fans praised the potential of the 24-year-old and hoped that his injury will prove to be only a minor one.
Here are a selection of the messages posted to social media website Twitter:
No one can do what mane has got in potential. huge blow for the team. #lfc
— Adegboyega Adewale (@Real_Gboyega) August 17, 2016
I hope mane is okay
— Klopp My Words (@LFC_purpose) August 17, 2016
Can't believe the main man is injured😁 #mane
— Wade (@waadeharris) August 17, 2016
Just when things were looking great for us, Mané gets injured. Ffs #LFC
— John Carl Bolido (@mindofcarl) August 17, 2016
I'll give Mane my shoulder.
— Jeff (@J_plus_T) August 17, 2016
Hope Mane's injury won't rule him out for long, I can't deal with having the players of my beloved club injured. Y. N. W. A
— Amua E Chuksa (@Amuaee) August 17, 2016
— Saf (@SaeefLFC) August 17, 2016
The injury news will frustrate Reds fans after the former St Mary’s star got off to the perfect start to his Liverpool career on Sunday.
He scored a delightful solo effort at the Emirates in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Arsenal, but could now be ruled out for some time after the incident.
The Senegal international became the second most-expensive player in the club’s history, behind Andy Carroll, when he moved from Southampton for £34million during the transfer window.
Mane attracted many suitors this summer, including major rivals Manchester United after playing a key-role on the south coast.
He starred in 43 encounters, scoring 15 goals and providing nine assists, as he helped the Saints achieve a sixth placed finish and qualify for the new campaign’s Europa League.
In other Liverpool team news, Alberto Moreno is set to be axed for the Reds’ Premier League clash against Burnley.