By Dominic Toner
Midfielder Emre Can is set to return from an ankle injury for Liverpool’s Friday night clash against Chelsea in a major boost to the team.
The Echo claim that the 22-year-old will return to full training on Tuesday and is eyeing a return against Chelsea.
The report details that he will be closely monitored by the Liverpool medics to see how his ankle reacts, as well as keeping tabs on defender Dejan Lovren who missed Saturday’s win over Leicester with a severe black eye.
The German midfielder was eased back into Liverpool’s team by Jurgen Klopp this season following his exploits with his nation at Euro 2016.
However an ankle injury in the 5-0 EFL Cup win over Burton meant he missed the league matches against Tottenham and Leicester.
Can is the club’s most senior defensive midfielder and his absence has seen Liverpool look vulnerable in defence this season.
He has developed into a crucial member of the the Liverpool side and his help may be needed against an unbeaten Chelsea team, who have started this season in good form under Antonio Conte.
Can has made 91 appearances for the Merseyside club since he joined in 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen.
In other Liverpool team news, a Sky journalist has given an update on the fitness of a Chelsea player ahead of the league match at Stamford Bridge.