Liverpool have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their final five fixtures of the season after Jurgen Klopp delivered positive updates on Emre Can and Danny Ings' injury recovery process. The duo are ahead of schedule in their rehabilitation process and could return before the end of the campaign.
The German midfielder suffered ankle ligament damage during the Reds' win over Dortmund and was expected to be sidelined for up to four to six weeks, ruling him out for the rest of the campaign. Can, however, is believed to be responding well to the treatment and the manager confirmed that he could return earlier than expected.
Apart from the Premier League, the Merseyside club are also preparing for a Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal, while the last four clash could come too soon. The midfielder could return if Liverpool make the final, which will be played on 18 May in Basel.
"He is. He's recovering much better. There might be a new timescale but I'm not telling you because there is no proof yet! But he is very good," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
Ings, meanwhile, is yet to return to training after suffering knee ligament damage a day before Klopp's first game as Liverpool boss since taking over from Brendan Rodgers in October last year. The striker is expected to return to first-team training in two weeks, and the manager has not ruled out the former Burnley forward making his comeback to the first-team.
"Danny's in a really good way after a serious injury but he's not back in team training yet," Klopp was quoted as saying by the Liverpool Echo ahead of the Reds' clash against Newcastle United.
"Maybe two weeks, I'm not too sure, it was four or five days ago when someone sent me the email saying it was two weeks until he could train with the team."
"I don't know yet if he will be able to play again this season. That all depends on how he recovers and how he's training. He's been out for a long time," the German coach added.