Sadio Mane sidelined for Huddersfield Town's trip to Liverpool FC

Sadio Mane sidelined for Huddersfield Town's trip to Liverpool FC

The dreaded global break has struck again, and Liverpool have been hit by a major injury blow.

All told, the Senegal global is expected to miss at least nine matches in the league and Europe after being taken off late in the second half during Saturday's 2-0 win over Cape Verde.

"Sadio Mane is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a hamstring injury on global duty, Liverpool FC can confirm", a club statement read.

He scored 13 Premier League goals last season despite missing the whole of January due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

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Mane has endured a tough start to the season, having already been suspended for three domestic games after being sent off for a high foot versus Manchester City.

Despite winning only three of their seven matches so far, manager Jurgen Klopp expressed confidence after their 1-1 draw with Newcastle earlier this month that Liverpool would still challenge for the Premier League title this term.

Should the estimated timeline for Mane's recovery prove accurate, he is set to miss the visit of Manchester United this weekend, as well as the trip to Tottenham, and back-to-back Champions League group stage fixtures with Maribor.

Mane was included in the 30-man shortlist for the 2017 Ballon D'or which was released on Monday.