Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has given the Reds’ squad a massive boost by returning to training.
Since suffering a serious, long-term injury to his right knee in the Champions League semi-final against Roma in April last year, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn't featured for Liverpool.
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It was initially feared the injury would keep the creative midfielder out until later this year however the former Arsenal star made huge strides in his efforts to return to the Liverpool team as quickly as possible and joined in with light training before the match against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Now, captain Jordan Henderson has revealed how much of a boost that is giving to the squad and what steps manager Jurgen Klopp will take with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to reintegrate him into the side.
“The manager will be [careful] – he is with players who have been out for a long time, he knows how difficult it is to come back,” he told liverpoolfc.com.
“But Ox has looked good in training and I'm sure over the next few weeks, as he builds fitness, the manager will keep a close eye on him because he is an important player, a fantastic player for this team.
“To have him back before the end of the season would be a massive boost.
“It was obviously a massive moment for everyone but [especially] for him to be back from a bad injury. He has been out for a while now and I'm sure he's been thinking about that moment for a long time.
“It was great to have him back. He is a great character around the lads and he is obviously a fantastic player, so to have him back within the squad was a big plus for us.
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“Hopefully over the next few weeks he can keep progressing and build his fitness up. Who knows, hopefully he can get some minutes before the end of the season – that would be a huge boost for the team.”
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