Robertson set to return as Liverpool receive triple injury boost

23 Jan 2024
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Left-back in squad to face Fulham in EFL Cup tomorrow while Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai set to come back for the weekend

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Liverpool have received a triple injury boost with Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai all set to return in the coming days.

Robertson hasn't played for Liverpool since dislocating his shoulder with Scotland in October, but after 13 weeks out Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders said the left-back will be in the squad to face Fulham in the Reds' EFL Cup semi-final second leg on Wednesday night as they look to defend a 2-1 first-leg win and secure a place at Wembley Stadium on 25 February.

"Let's start with Robbo because he trained yesterday with the team," Lijnders said on the club's official website. "It's now 13 weeks, he had his meeting with the surgeon to make sure that everything is right to go into full contact – it's clear.

"So he did a lot of work and really good rehab throughout the last period, so he's fit in terms of sports science. Now he has to get fit with proper team training.

"So that's a big, big advantage to have him back. We were waiting for a long time – he's one of our captains. I just met him in the canteen and he said, 'Pep, I have my tracksuit with me!' So he's pushing himself into the squad, so that's good. He will travel [to Fulham]."

As well as the return of Robertson, Lijnders had good news on the returns of Alexander-Arnold and Szoboszlai as Liverpool chase trophies on four fronts: Premier League, FA Cup, UEFA Europa League and EFL Cup. After Wednesday's trip to Craven Cottage, Liverpool play Norwich City on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

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"Trent is progressing well through his rehab, working hard – how he is as a guy, knowing how important the next weeks are," Lijnders said. "But he will back in the end of the week for team training, so hopefully he will be available for the FA Cup.

"Dom trained yesterday with us, just one small-sided game, one-touch game, but played good, felt good, did some extra work with the sports science team. He is ready but tomorrow comes too early for him, so he will be ready for the weekend if nothing goes wrong."

Lijnders added that Konstantinos Tsimikas is two weeks from first-team training after a shoulder injury and Curtis Jones is fine to feature against Fulham after recovering from a small hamstring problem that occurred in Liverpool's win against AFC Bournemouth last Sunday.

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