Mascherano to recover during ban

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will use his four-match ban

from the Premier League to recover from a knee injury that he

sustained when earning a red card in a tackle.

Liverpool says Mascherano has a medial ligament strain that

will keep him out for up to three weeks.

Mascherano was sent off in Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at Portsmouth

on Saturday. He will now miss the games against Wolverhampton

Wanderers, Aston Villa, Reading and Tottenham.