Liverpool are waiting to learn the injury fate of Daniel Agger but have been boosted by the news that Mamadou Sakho may be fit to return for the weekend clash against Stoke City.
The Denmark international was forced off the pitch during the latter stages of his side's FA Cup third round victory over Oldham with what Brendan Rodgers initially diagnosed as a cramp.
Agger is expected to undergo a scan on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury ahead of the visit of the Potters, Sky Sports report, but could have France international Sakho back in contention to supplement the Dane's absence.
The former Paris Saint Germain defender took a knock during the club's defeat to Chelsea on December 29 and there were fears that he could missing for up to six weeks. With Jose Enrique still awaiting his comeback after undergoing knee surgery in November, Jon Flanagan absent and Glen Johnson sitting out of the win over Oldham with an ankle knock, Sakho's absence could prove to be a real headache for the Liverpool boss.
According to the Liverpool Echo however, the 23-year-old has responded well to treatment and has returned to the club's Melwood training facilities this week.
Liverpool, who currently sit fourth in the Premier League received more good news earlier this week after Daniel Sturridge completed an intense training session ahead of a possible return against Mark Hughes' side. The England international broke his ankle during a training session in November and missed the club's entire festive period, leaving the burden of scoring goals on the shoulders of Luis Suarez.
But having scored 11 goals in his last 14 games prior to his injury the former Chelsea and Manchester City striker's return will be much welcomed.
The club also welcomed back defender Martin Kelly in the victory over Oldham. The 23-year-old was making his first starting appearance for 16 months after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee against Manchester United in September 2012.