Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has returned to full training but will not be ready to feature against Leicester City on Tuesday evening, Brendan Rodgers reported today.

The powerful Frenchman has not taken to the field for the Reds since the Capital One Cup encounter with Middlesbrough on September 23, due to a thigh injury.

His recovery has taken another step forward as he rejoined his teammates at Melwood over the weekend, although the No.17 requires more time to regain match fitness.

Mario Balotelli will also not be available for selection when Rodgers' charges attempt to record a second successive Barclays Premier League victory at the home of the Foxes.

"The squad will be pretty much the same," the boss said at his pre-match press conference. "Sakho trained yesterday with the team for the first time, but won't be match-ready yet. And Mario is still not fit."

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