SADIO MANE has returned home from international duty after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring injury which has sidelined him for the past month.
The winger had only just returned to action after picking up the injury in the last round of international fixtures.
Liverpool subsequently sent club physio Scott McAuley to monitor the attacker’s fitness and training regime closely during the international break.
But Mane has now flown home and returned to Melwood so club doctors can assess the damage.
The original hamstring problem sidelined him for five matches and it is now unlikely he will be fit to face Southampton this weekend.
A statement from the Senegal Football Federation read: “Following the match, South Africa against Senegal Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 in Polokwane, the player Sadio Mane slightly felt his old injury.
“After consultations between the medical staff of the national team of Senegal and Liverpool it was decided by mutual agreement to make him available to his club to continue treatment until full recovery.”
Mane’s season has been stop-start as of yet.
After a solid start to the campaign, the 25-year-old was sent off and subsequently banned for three matches after catching Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will hope the injury isn’t too serious, as Liverpool aim to get their season back on track.
The Merseyside outfit trail league leaders Manchester City by 12 points already.