Alonso injury latest

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Rafa Benitez has said he expects to have midfielder Xabi Alonso available to play in Sunday’s Premier League clash away to West Brom.

Alonso suffered bruising after being the victim of a vicious challenge that earned Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton a red card during last week’s meeting between the two teams at Anfield.

The injury put him out of Saturday’s 0-3 victory at West Ham, but the Spaniard appears to have made a good recovery now.

Benitez revealed, “Xabi was jogging today so if he progresses normally for the rest of the week I think he will be available for the weekend.

“Xabi is a key player for us in the middle. It could have been a lot worse so I am really pleased to see him back after just one week.”

Liverpool have to hope for title rivals Manchester United to slip-up against both Wigan Athletic tonight, and Arsenal on Saturday to have any chance of snatching the league from them when they face the Baggies on Sunday afternoon.

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