Liverpool have received a massive boost ahead of their trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City on Monday, after Brendan Rodgers confirmed the return of a group of players from injury.
The Northern Irishman revealed that defenders Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan have returned to training, along with midfielders Steven Gerrard and Joe Allen.
Skrtel, who was knocked unconscious after a collision with Rudy Gestede during their clash against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, has recovered and the manager has confirmed his availability for the trip to south Wales.
But the manager understands the precautions required to be taken in case of a head injury, and will confer with the medical team before reintroducing him into the starting XI
Enrique and Flanagan have only returned to first-team training recently following long-term injuries and will not be available for the game. But the manager was delighted to have the young defender back in training.
"Martin had the injury where he had to come off against Blackburn, so all the procedures, in terms of his gradual integration into the group is fine, so he should be available," Rodgers said, as quoted by Liverpool's official site.
"But we'll monitor that again to make sure that everything is safe and secure with his wellness to play in the game, but he should be fine."
"Jose Enrique has been in and out of training, so we'll monitor him over the next couple of games," the former Swansea boss added.
"Great news – young Jon Flanagan is back and training with the group, which is great, but again we're just having to gradually introduce him into the training."
The Reds boss also confirmed the availability of Gerrard and Allen for the game against his former club.
The latter has been in fine form in the absence of the Liverpool skipper and it remains to be seen of he holds on to his place despite Gerrard's return.
"We had Steven back training, which is great. Joe Allen is back and fit and well, so the [injured players] are starting to return," Rodgers confirmed.