As we get into the business end of the season with only 13 games left to play as the Reds look to finish in the top four and maybe even win the Premier League, we are going to need as many fit players as possible. We have been unlucky with injuries this season, especially with our defenders, if you look at it this way, we are missing an entire quality starting back four of Enrique, Sakho, Agger and Johnson. One may say that Skrtel would be in that starting back-line but still, it goes to show the amount of quality we have been missing of late but we are still able to do a good job.
Looking ahead to the trip to Fulham on Wednesday, Liverpool’s head of performance, Glen Driscoll, has given us a positive update on the injury front, with news that Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson are back in training and could feature on Wednesday night.
Driscoll told Liverpoolfc.com: “Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson came through training very well yesterday and today, which is good news.
“It’s just a matter of monitoring their conditioning in terms of their availability for games, and it leaves us with just three injuries.”
Agger and Johnson may not be match fit coming into the Fulham game but I would expect them to be on the bench. Kolo Toure has been filling in at centre back and besides his howler against West Brom he has been pretty decent. Toure may be starting to suffer from fatigue as I am sure he has not been used to playing this many games with age catching up to him. As for Johnson, Jon Flanagan has been playing very well at right-back and does not deserve to be replaced by Johnson. Johnson will have to work his way back into the side and prove himself to Brendan Rodgers.
Lucas, Jose Enrique and Mamadou Sakho are the other three injury casualties and they are expect back at the end of the month.
Driscoll added: “Mamadou Sakho actually had a tear in his tendon and not the muscle of the hamstring as initially reported. For a whole host of reasons tendons take longer to heal, but he is working hard and progressing.
“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.
“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.
“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.”