By Guy Giles

Liverpool have been handed an injury boost as Sadio Mane returned to full training two weeks ahead of schedule after a hamstring strain, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo reported the news but the winger will not be considered for his side’s trip to West Ham this Saturday.

Mane suffered the injury while on international duty with Senegal, and was expected to be out for six weeks.

However, the winger has recovered ahead of schedule and trained fully with the team on Thursday, but Liverpool will be without his services for the clash with West Ham this weekend.

Mane is on course for a Premier League return after the international break as the Reds come up against former club Southampton on November 18th.

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Mane, one of Liverpool’s most exciting and consistent players over the last year or so, has endured a stop-start season so far.

The Senegalese scored in the Red’s first three league games before his three-match ban for a high boot after Liverpool’s 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City.

Liverpool will be hoping to keep their key man fit as they head into the crucial Christmas period, with the Reds needing to make up 12 point gap on early pacesetters Manchester City if they want to challenge for their first Premier League title.

In other Liverpool news, Steven Gerrard has issued this message to Liverpool’s young World Cup winners. 

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