Liverpool have been boosted by the news that both Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are set to resume training with the first-team within the next few days.
French defender Sakho has been sidelined since picking up a hamstring injury during Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in December, but tweeted today to tell fans of his progress:
Glad to be back on the fields today with the Reserve team. And then, back to the training with the group on Tuesday ! pic.twitter.com/Elj92rz9ha
— Mamadou Sakho (@mamadousakho3) March 7, 2014
As explained in the tweet, Sakho will play for Liverpool’s Under-21s tonight, who face West Ham U21s at Rush Green Stadium in Romford, Essex. Kick-off is 7pm and it’s live on LFC TV.
Lucas, who has been sidelined for almost two months after suffering knee ligament damage during a brief appearance in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa in January, will also play for the Under 21s.
The Brazilian midfielder has been doing light training for two weeks, but he too returns to action with the U21s tonight, and will train with the first-team next week.
Today I make my return with the reserve team. I am glad that my recovery went very well and I am looking forward for the last 10 games.
Both players returning mean that Liverpool are almost back to full strength after a season with many injury problems.
With the Reds not in action this weekend, Jose Enrique looks set to be the only absentee from the squad when they travel to Manchester United next Sunday, 16th March for their next Premier League game.
Whilst the international friendlies have taken place this week, Brendan Rodgers and some of his backroom staff took the opportunity for a few days holiday in Tenerife, according to the Daily Mail.