Liverpool have finally been handed a boost on the injury front – it's been a week filled with bad news – following injuries to Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Jordan Rossiter, with the latter two being ruled out for the rest of the season. Jon Flanagan, who last played for the Reds at the end of the 2013/14 campaign, has targeted a December return from a knee injury that saw him miss the entire 2014/15 campaign.
The 22-year-old full-back, who has spent his entire career at Liverpool, has opened up about the difficulty of spending long periods of time recovering from the injury, but is confident that he can make a full recovery and get back into first-team reckoning by the end of the year. Flanagan, who recently signed a one-year contract extension, that keeps him at Anfield until the end of this campaign will hope that he can impress new manager Jurgen Klopp, and displace Nathaniel Clyne, who is currently the club's first choice right-back before the end of the season.
"It's been going well. It's obviously been a frustrating time since last year when I got the injury. I'm back running now and hopefully I can push on and get back in the team in a couple of months," Flanagan said, as quoted on the official Football Association (FA) website.
"I've just got to progress and get myself fit, building up my leg strength. [December] is the aim - if all goes well that's the plan. Nobody wants to be out injured full stop but for the amount of time I've been out it's been very frustrating."
"I'm always there supporting the lads, you always want to be playing but you can't be and you've got to give the lads the support. You've got to stay positive. It's mentally tough but I'm mentally strong," the England international added.