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Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho must wait for anti-doping verdict - source

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho will have to wait to find out the decision of a UEFA hearing into his alleged anti-doping violation, a UEFA source has told ESPN FC.

The case is being heard by the governing body's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary board on Thursday, with a decision to be announced "in due course, but not before next week," the source said.

France international Sakho was banned by UEFA in April for 30 days pending the results of a full investigation into an anti-doping violation, having already been stood down from first-team duty by Liverpool.

PA Sport reported that the alleged offence related to the Reds' Europa League tie at Manchester United in March, and RMC said it concerned a "fat-burning" substance.

It was reported in May that UEFA had opted not to extend the suspension and that the governing body was investigating whether the substance for which Sakho tested positive should even be on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) banned list.

The Daily Telegraph and Daily Express have reported that Sakho's legal team believe they have a strong case that the substance he took should not be deemed illegal.

Sakho's 30-day suspension ended on May 28. He missed the Europa League final defeat to Sevilla and was not part of France's squad for Euro 2016.

He returned to preseason training on Saturday ahead of Liverpool's 2016-17 campaign.