Emre Can returns to Liverpool training as Villarreal await

German midfielder was expected to sit out remainder of the season with ankle injury

Liverpool’s Emre Can could be back in action on Thursday night. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool’s Emre Can could be back in action on Thursday night. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

 

Midfielder Emre Can’s return to training this week has handed Liverpool a boost ahead of their crucial Europa League semi-final second leg.

The Germany international was expected to be sidelined for about four weeks after spraining ankle ligaments against Borussia Dortmund on April 14th.

However, well ahead of schedule it’s understood Can rejoined first-team training on Monday — just 18 days after sustaining the injury which resulted in him having to wear a protective boot and use crutches for several days.

The 22-year-old trained with all the players who did not start the 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

No decision has been made yet on whether he will be available for Thursday’s crunch tie with Villarreal, who come to Anfield holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Liverpool are light in central midfield as captain Jordan Henderson’s knee ligament injury in April prematurely ended his domestic season and has put his chances of making Euro 2016 with England in extreme doubt.

Can’s return to fitness is the second piece of good news in the last few days as striker Danny Ings, out since mid-October after anterior cruciate ligament surgery, returned to training towards the end of last week.

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