MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 9, 2017: Liverpool's Emre Can during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Emre Can to return to Liverpool training this week

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can is set to join his team-mates for this week’s training camp in Marbella, after a lengthy spell out with a back injury.

Can has not featured since his early withdrawal in the 5-0 win at home to Watford in March, missing the last 11 games after returning to Frankfurt for treatment.

Left out of Joachim Low’s provisional Germany squad for the upcoming World Cup, the 24-year-old was expected to be ruled out for the rest of the season.

And with his contract set to expire at the end of June he looked to have played his last game for Liverpool, with a free transfer to Juventus mooted.

But the club have confirmed that Can will join Jurgen Klopp‘s squad in Spain this week as they prepare for the Champions League final.

The ex-Bayer Leverkusen man “will be monitored and assessed on a day-by-day basis to determine if and when he can rejoin full training with the rest of the squad.”

Given Can had previously stayed away from Melwood after Klopp’s proposed return date of May 7, however, this is a more positive development.

He will have little time to prove his fitness for the clash with Real Madrid in 10 days’ time, but Can’s availability would be a major boost to Liverpool’s hopes.

James Milner will also make his comeback in Marbella after missing Sunday’s 4-0 win at home to Brighton with a minor injury.

This could provide Klopp with two further options to take on Real Madrid, having spent the majority of the season’s run-in with just Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson fit.

Adam Lallana came off the substitutes’ bench in the second half at Anfield, making just his 14th appearance of the season.

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