Following horrendous luck with injuries for nearly two years, Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan is set for a long-awaited return this evening.
It has been 19 long months since Flanagan last appeared for the Reds, with serious knee problems ensuring he hasn’t played competitively since May 2014.
The 22-year-old is set to feature for Liverpool’s U21s against Fleetwood Town this evening.
It is hugely positive news for both the club and, more importantly, Flanagan, whose promising career has frustratingly stalled following his injury curse.
The Englishman became an integral part of the Reds’ title-challenging side of 2013/14, performing with consistent excellence at both left and right-back.
Flanagan looked set to become a regular for his boyhood club, and his performances were rewarded with an England call-up in June 2014. He has only played for the Three Lions once though, because of injury.
Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to get the likeable youngster fit again, considering the lack of depth Liverpool currently have at full-back.
Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno have been almost ever-presents this season, and as the campaign progresses, both will need a rest at some point.
There will, understandably, be question marks over Flanagan’s long-term future – anyone who misses 19 months through injury will face such scrutiny – but the hope is that he hits his 2013/14 heights again sooner rather than later.
Flanagan signed a new one-year deal last summer but will need to prove his fitness before his deal expires in the summer.