On Thursday night, Liverpool came away with a tough 2-1 victory over Wolves at the Molineux Stadium, but it unfortunately didn't come without a cost.
In the first half of the Reds' road win, star winger Sadio Mane fell to the turf in discomfort and stayed down on the pitch. He motioned to the Liverpool bench to let the training staff know he was in trouble. Obviously, panic arouse for the fans everywhere, as Mane has been outstanding this campaign.
Fortunately, Mane's injury doesn't appear to be a serious one, though he's expected to miss at least a couple of games. The last thing Liverpool wants to do is rush him back too soon.
“We don’t know exactly [what the injury is], it’s the muscle," Jurgen Klopp said after the win. "He felt something in the hamstring. We don’t know yet, obviously, we have to wait. We will see.”
Sadio Mane will today undergo a scan to ascertain the extent of the hamstring injury sustained at Wolves.— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) January 24, 2020
“I think this moment he is in the scan and he didn’t call me from the scan. Fingers crossed."https://t.co/9NpZJroYp3
In 22 English Premier League games this season, Mane has 11 goals and six assists. He's also got the confidence of playing as one of the best in the world, as he was recently named the CAF Player of the Year.
Hamstring injuries can be tricky. Look for Klopp to ease Mane back into the starting lineup. And quite simply, there's no need to try and hurry him back onto the field. Liverpool remains in dominant position of the league table, with its 67 points a head-turning 16 ahead of second-place Manchester City.
For now, Mane will rehab the injury and hope to get back to his stellar form as soon as he's fit enough to return to action.