Date: 15th January 2015 at 9:16pm
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Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is expected to return from a thigh injury sooner than expected, and could even be in line to play against Aston Villa on Saturday.

Lallana was expected to be out of action for a month after limping out of the Reds 2-2 draw with Leicester City on New Years Day.

But the 26-year-old has responded to treatment well and expects to return to full training on Friday before Saturday’s clash at Villa Park.

Should that game come too soon, Brendan Rodgers is confident he will have Lallana fit for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup semi final clash with Chelsea at Anfield.

“We are monitoring Adam,” said the Reds boss.

“He is ahead of schedule in terms of his rehab and we are hoping he can train tomorrow.

“If he’s not available for the weekend certainly against Chelsea he will be.”

Rodgers also offered fitness updates on Glen Johnson, Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge.

“Glen Johnson is back in training and we’ll see how he is after the session tomorrow, he hasn’t been training long,” said Rodgers.

“Joe Allen should be back training in the next couple of days, but Jon Flanagan is still a wee bit of time away.

“Daniel is back and working well. He’s not ready to play yet but in the near future he will be ready.

“There’s no timeline on Daniel. But he is in the final stages now.”