Liverpool nearly at full strength as Lucas and Mamadou Sakho resume first-team training

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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.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2013: Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho in action against Southampton during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Mamadou Sakho in action against Southampton. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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:

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.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 29, 2013: Liverpool's Lucas Leiva in action against Chelsea during the Premiership match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
Lucas Leiva in action against Chelsea. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

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.

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