By Matt Bullin

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho could make a shock return from injury before the end of the season, according to a reliable journalist.

Times correspondent Paul Joyce has claimed on Twitter that Sakho’s knee injury is not as bad as initially feared.

Sakho has been out on loan at Crystal Palace since the end of January and has impressed with his performances at Selhurst Park.

However as Palace fell to a 1-0 loss at home to Spurs last time out, he suffered an injury and limped off after 57 minutes.

The Liverpool Echo initially reported the knock as a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury which could keep the Frenchman out for up to nine months.

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However, Joyce has reported today via his personal Twitter account that scans show the ligaments are only strained and bruised in what is a huge relief to club and player.

He states that Sakho will stay at Palace for the duration of his loan spell, and may even be fit to face Man United on May 21, their final Premier League match of the season.

The timing would be a shock given the initial medical assessments of the France international’s injury.

Sakho has been a revelation at Selhurst Park since he joined on loan. The Eagles have only lost two of the eight matches he has featured in – seeing them climb out of the relegation battle.

The 27-year-old even helped them to three consecutive wins and clean sheets in his first three appearances for the club.

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