Liverpool winger Sadio Mane will join his team-mates in full training when they return from Hong Kong next week, after recovering from a knee injury.
The 25-year-old was left out of Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for the trip to the Far East, as he continued his rehabilitation at Melwood.
Mane suffered a serious injury to his left knee in April’s 3-1 victory over Everton, and underwent surgery later that month, ruling him out for the rest of the season.
He spent the summer rebuilding his fitness, but was unable to begin pre-season at the beginning of the month.
However, Klopp has now confirmed that Mane will begin full training next week, and will be part of the squad for the tour of Germany at the end of the month.
“Sadio is on the way back. The plan is he will come with us to Germany,” he told LiverpoolFC.com.
“The plan is he trains completely normally with us when we are back in England.
“We have been waiting long enough for him now! He is around [Melwood] all of the time and is in pretty good shape.
“Unfortunately he was not ready to train, but he looked good, [the injury] looks good and so now he should be fine when we get back.”
Liverpool will play Hertha Berlin (July 29), Bayern Munich (August 1) and one of Atletico Madrid or Napoli (August 2) while in Germany, with the latter two fixtures part of the Audi Cup.
Mane can be expected to link up with summer signing Mohamed Salah as part of Klopp’s forward line.
The Egypt winger made the £36.9 million move from AS Roma last month, and is likely to operate on the opposite flank to Mane, providing Klopp with two pacy, dynamic wide options.