Photo: Dejan Lovren back in training for Liverpool ahead of Arsenal game

Dejan Lovren is back in training for Liverpool ahead of the Arsenal fixture.

Liverpool have welcomed back Dejan Lovren to training ahead of their clash with Arsenal at the weekend.

The Croatian international missed his country's fixtures over the recent break, and had been suffering an abdominal strain.

Lovren signed from Southampton for a £20 million fee in the summer, as reported the BBC when the switch was confirmed.

The central defender has failed to establish himself in manager Brendan Rodgers' preferred starting line up, but he is expected to play a part at The Emirates this weekend.

Liverpool centre-back Martin Skrtel is suspended after the FA found him guilty of stamping on Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in the 2-1 loss at Anfield.

Lovren, 25, has made 16 starts this season in the Premier League, most recently on March 8 in a 2-0 win over Burnley.

The match at The Emirates is a crucial one for Liverpool after that defeat to United, and a loss would make them real outsiders to finish in the Champions League qualifying places, already five points off fourth place.

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