Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is being investigated by Uefa after failing a drugs test. Although the France international, 26, is not officially suspended, he will “not be available” for selection during the investigation, Liverpool said.

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter Ian Dennis said Sakho failed a test after the Europa League victory over Manchester United on March 17. It is thought Sakho tested positive for a type of fat burner, said Dennis.

The player has until Tuesday to request analysis of the B sample. In a statement, Uefa said “there are no disciplinary proceedings opened at this stage”. Sakho, an £18m signing from Paris St-Germain in 2013, has played 34 games for Liverpool this season, including 10 in the Europa League.

He scored in the 4-3 victory over Borussia Dortmund on 14 April which secured their place in the semi-finals.
Sakho’s Liverpool team-mate Kolo Toure was banned for six months in 2011 while at Manchester City after testing positive for a weight-loss drug contained within “water tablets” recommended to him by his wife. A similar ban for Sakho would rule him out of Euro 2016 in France, which starts on June 10.

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