Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that Emre Can and Joe Gomez are both working hard to regain fitness.
The duo will be hoping to be ready in time to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday May 26th in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium.
He also confirmed that no further injury problems were picked up in the 4-2 defeat against Roma in Italy this week and that Adam Lallana was not quite ready to take part in the tie.
“As far as I know, nothing else happened.” he said.
“We’re all still fit. Adam trained the first real football session at Rome, the morning after the game.
“Joe, we still wait for final assessments. We’ll know about that in a few days, probably. But he’s not available for Chelsea.” he continued.
Germany international Emre Can has been sidelined with a back injury since March and many fans have had doubts that he will ever play for the club again as his contract comes to an end.
But Klopp is hoping to have his compatriot available to face the Spanish giants, but is not expecting him to be fit to face Brighton & Hove Albion on the final day of the Premier League season.
“I’ve had contact with Emre as well.” he said.
“We can make the decision on Monday if he starts training with us immediately.
“It could be good news for the final but probably not the last game of the season.” he finished.
Can’s absence, coupled with the injuries to Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has left the manager short on options in midfield – but he has been pleased with Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum’s form.
“You cannot be where we are if you have players in these positions who hide.” he continued.
“They showed up because they have the quality to do so, physically, football-wise and in mindset.
“We are really quite thin in midfield and they did a fantastic job, but I’m not surprised.” he finished.
Liverpool take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a game that could end the race for a top four spot between the two clubs.