Liverpool could be close to receiving what would be a very timely boost to their title chances as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain steps up his recovery from injury.
The Anfield outfit were expected to be without the former Arsenal midfielder for the entire season after he suffered a serious knee injury in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Roma last season.
However, with three months of football still to play, ‘The Ox’ has recently returned to first-team training well ahead of schedule, and according to the Liverpool Echo, the England international is set to make his return to action for Liverpool‘s Under 23 side against Derby County on Friday.
While that game will of course be a positive step in his rehabilitation and recovery, it is unknown when he would be ready to make a return to the senior team, although Jurgen Klopp revealed last week that the club’s medical staff are yet to see a reaction within his knee following his return to training.
“He trains fully but not as much as the others. Then he leaves a bit early to do something else and the things he needs,” Klopp told a press conference.
“Everyone is always looking for a reaction but nothing has happened yet. We have to prepare him for his entire career, not just one particular game. When he’s in training it looks very nice.”
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return could provide a timely boost for the Reds who have displayed a lack of creativity and drive within their midfield in recent weeks, with Liverpool being held to three 0-0 draws in their last four outings, seeing them drop to second in the Premier League table.