Liverpool expect Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to full training by mid-February and will be back in Premier League action by the start of March.
The Englishman suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last year April at Anfield and has been on the road to recovery and is as close to getting back to playing as he has been since getting injured.
Chamberlain was the Reds’ best midfielder in the run-in to the Champions League final and to have him missing from the showpiece in Kiev was a hammer blow and almost as devastating as losing Mohamed Salah during the game.
Now, however, it looks as though Chambo will resume training in a matter of weeks and is just over a month away from lacing up his boots again and running out at Anfield for one of Liverpool’s March fixtures.
Chamberlain has blown past the club doctors’ expectations for when he would be back as he was expected to miss the entire season. He is now doing light ball work in Dubai with the rest of the lads and will step up his training in the coming weeks.
Dave Maddock writes: “Sources within the club though, suggest Oxlade-Chamberlain is well ahead of even that schedule and, if there are no setbacks on his fitness programme, he should be able to return to full training by mid-February.”
The former Arsenal man’s return to fitness will come as an enormous boost for Liverpool as they look to maintain their momentum to win the Premier League for the first time – something Chambo will now have a chance to have a hand in.