Rodgers to receive huge boost with returns of Leiva, Sakho and Enrique
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ squad is expected to receive a huge boost before the end of February after the club’s head of performance Glen Driscoll announced that Lucas Leiva, Mamadou Sakho and Jose Enrique will return to training sessions before the end of the month.
Rodgers has had to heavily rely on improvisation to make his last-four stand. With Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson also on the injury list, Rodgers had very few players to select from. Sakho and Enrique’s return will help Liverpool replace Kolo Toure from the center back and left back role.
Discroll revealed that Agger and Johnson would also make returns to first-team very soon. Both players have done “very well” in their training sessions and are eager to join the force. From the looks of it Rodgers will soon have full squad.
“Without providing specific dates I would hope that by the end of the month we should start to get the likes of Jose, Lucas and Sakho back,” Discroll said.
Lucas, who picked up a medical collateral ligament in his right knee in the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa in January, has been out of action for almost two months now. The Brazilian midfielder is also on the road to recovery.
“Lucas Leiva was due to be in a brace for six weeks, according to specialists' opinion, but yesterday he was outside running just over three weeks in, which is fantastic and shows just how ahead of schedule he is,” Discroll said.
Enrique has been on the bench since November because of a knee injury. The left back has been sorely missed by Rodgers, who has had to use a number of players in his position. Discroll revealed that the surgery on Enrique’s knee has been of success and the Spaniard could be running on the field once again in a couple of weeks.
“Jose Enrique also had a complex knee issue and following surgery is in the process of achieving his final strength gains before he can return to training,” he said.
Sakho picked up a hamstring injury in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge just before New Year’s Eve. Later it was revealed that Sakho had actually torn his tendon. Discroll claims Sakho is doing well as well and will take a little more time before returning in Red.
“Mamadou Sakho actually had a tear in his tendon and not the muscle of the hamstring as initially reported,” Discroll added. “For a whole host of reasons tendons take longer to heal, but he is working hard and progressing.”