Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has tested positive for a banned substance.
French outlet RMC Sport claimed that Sakho has been ‘temporarily suspended’ by the Anfield club after a banned substance was found in his system.
It is reported that the substance in question was found in a fat-burning supplement being used by the France international after Liverpool’s 1-1 Europa League draw with Manchester United in the round of 16 on March 17.
The journalist, Mohamed Bouhafsi, reports that Sakho was unaware of the composition of the supplement he was using.
While the 26-year-old has not been suspended by the club, he will not be available for selection.
Liverpool have released the following statement on their website:
‘Yesterday, Friday 22nd April 2016, a formal communication was received from UEFA stating that they are investigating a possible anti-doping rule violation by Mamadou Sakho.
‘The player will respond to UEFA on the matter.
‘The player is currently not subject to any playing suspension. However, the club, in consultation with the player, has decided that while this process is followed the player will not be available for selection for matches.
‘There will be no further comment at this time.’
Sakho watched Liverpool’s fixture against Newcastle from the stands at Anfield on Saturday.
UEFA released the following statement on Saturday afternoon:
‘Uefa would like to confirm the information communicated by Liverpool FC regarding an adverse finding in a doping test of their player Mamadou Sakho conducted at the UEFA Europa League match between Manchester United FC and Liverpool FC on 17th March 2015 (1-1).
‘The player and the club have received all the pertinent information and have until Tuesday to request the analysis of the B sample as well as to provide explanations for the presence of a prohibited substance in the player’s body. There are no disciplinary proceedings opened at this stage.’
Told that it's "highly likely" Sakho will ask for a B sample to be tested. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) April 23, 2016