Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he is looking forward to having a fully fit Martin Kelly available for selection, but admits that won’t be until next season.
Kelly has missed most of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury picked up in a league game at home to Manchester United in September.
Whilst Kelly is making good progress in his rehabilitation, he is still somewhat short of returning to full training, with four games to go this campaign.
Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo, “Martin is working very hard and making good progress,” Rodgers said.
“He is in between the training group and the rehab group. But there’s no point in rushing him back at this stage of the season.
“There are no thoughts for Martin to play between now and the end of the season. We just have to make sure we get him back fully fit and the objective was always to get him ready for pre-season.
Despite Kelly’s long-term injury, he signed a new contract in February and Rodgers considers him very much a part of his plans at Anfield for the future.
The Northern Irish boss added, “He’s a player who did very well when he played at the start of the season. He has shown his talent and it will be a boost to have him back in the squad for next season.”