Sunday, September 23, 2012

Cole And Lucas Fitness Latest

Brendan Rodgers today provided an update on the fitness of Joe Cole and Lucas Leiva.

Cole has not figured for Liverpool since sustaining a hamstring injury on the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season at West Bromwich Albion, but the boss has confirmed the midfielder is now back in training.

Lucas, meanwhile, is still some way away from a first-team return after picking up a thigh injury last month, though Rodgers is pleased with his progress.

The manager told "Joe is back in training with the group. He's still going to need a wee bit of time before he's anywhere near a game.

"He's been out for a few weeks now, so he needs a few weeks' training and a game or two below his belt before we can even consider him for the first team because he's broken down twice now and we need to manage that along.

"Lucas is doing very well. He's working every day, working hard with the medical team.

"They're both doing well."

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