Liverpool have received a major boost after manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge will be fit to face West Ham United next week.
The English striker has been out of action since the end of August after picking up an injury while on international duty with the Three Lions. But his problems continued after he picked up recurring thigh and calf injuries on his return to training, which has kept him out for longer than expected.
Sturridge even travelled to the United States for rehabilitation and warm weather training and has now recovered from his injuries and is ready to hand the Reds a boost for the remainder of the season.
The Northern Irishman has revealed that the England international will train with the squad on Sunday and the manager is hoping that Sturridge can feature in midweek when the Merseyside club travel to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of the League Cup semi-final on Tuesday.
"Daniel starts training tomorrow with the team," Rodgers told Sky Sports following Liverpool's 0-0 draw against Bolton.
"He's in his final rehabilitation with the medical and sports science guys today and joins in with the group from now. It's just about getting football and game fitness."
"We'll see how he is for Tuesday. If he's not ready for Tuesday then he'll be back, for sure, against West Ham next weekend," the former Swansea City boss explained.
The arrival of Sturridge will be a big boost for Liverpool, who are currently on a good run, despite summer arrivals Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli struggling to find the back of the net on a consistent basis.
Balotelli has struggled to get into the first-team in recent weeks after a minor bout of sickness, with the manager admitting that the Italian striker needs to work harder in training to get back into the starting XI.