Liverpool Injury Boost As Star Could Make Comeback Against Chelsea

By on September 2, 2016

Liverpool have been handed a huge injury boost with Loris Karius confirming that he’s ahead of schedule and should return to full training next week, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Karius joined Liverpool in a £4.7m deal from Mainz in the summer and had set his sights on replacing Simon Mignolet as Jurgen Klopp’s number one goalkeeper at Anfield this season.

However, after starting in their first two pre-season games, the German stopper suffered a broken hand during a friendly against Chelsea while on Liverpool’s pre-season tour of the United States back in July.

Karius was forced to miss the start of the season and was initially ruled out for up to ten weeks after undergoing surgery meaning the keeper was facing being out until the start of October.

However, the 23-year-old is well ahead of schedule in his recovery having had the wire support removed from his hand on Wednesday and has confirmed that he’s now set to return to full training.

Karius is quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo:

“Now the fracture has healed hopefully I can start training now and build it up,”

“I just need to see how it feels. But I can now start using my hands and catch balls. It’s up to me now.

“We’re ahead of schedule because in total it’s been about five weeks I think. But I don’t want to rush it too much.

“Now I am in the last stages, I just want to feel good and confident about it. I am not going to rush it because of two or three days but if I feel good then maybe I will be back way sooner than expected.”

The keeper is unlikely to be passed fit to face Leicester City after the international break on September 10 but as long as there are no setbacks when he steps up his return in training, Karius could be back in contention when Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea on the 16th.

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