Liverpool’s Fabio Borini and Martin Kelly could return from their long term injuries sooner than expected, it was announced yesterday.
Borini underwent surgery last month after dislocating his shoulder. Kelly has been carrying a serious knee injury since the start of the season.
Driscoll told the club’s official web site, “Fabio Borini was outside for the first time today, so he’s starting that progression – passing balls, running and doing ball work. He’s due to be probably another six weeks from this point on.
“The injury he’s had is normally eight to 12 weeks. He’s quite a quick rehabilitator.”
The Italian’s latest injury came just games after returning from another long-term injury during his first season with the club.
Driscoll added, “At the moment, it’s looking pretty positive for Fabio that he could be back ahead of schedule and maybe make the end of the season.”
Kelly, however, will be handled with cotton wool as they look to bring him back for the pre-season schedule in the summer.
“Martin is doing extremely well; he’s probably at the late stage of his rehab,” Driscoll said.
“We’ll probably look to prioritise getting him back for pre-season 110 per cent fit – 10 per cent fitter, stronger and quicker, more powerful and agile than he was previously.
“He’ll probably be in a position where it will be tempting to put him into games again this season. But it will show class and quality if we make sure that he’s in a very strong position so he can fly next season.”