New Liverpool star Emre Can is hopeful of being fit for the Reds’ clash with Queens Park Rangers next weekend.
The €12 million summer signing from Bayer Leverkusen has had an injury-stricken start to life on Merseyside after picking up a calf injury during pre-season.
Despite recovering and making his debut for the club in the fixture at Manchester City, Can then was ruled out of action following an ankle ligament injury sustained on international duty with the German U21s.
His luckless start at Anfield, however, has failed to dampen his spirits as the 20-year-old defensive midfielder told the Liverpool Echo of his current injury status and hopes of an imminent return.
He said: “I’m feeling much better and I should be back in full training with the first team next week. I got a blow on the ankle first of all and then when I was running at pace I tried to turn and went over on it.
“It’s been frustrating but that’s what happens in football and you have to get on with it. I’m confident I can come back stronger from this.
“I should be fit and available for the QPR game but of course whether I play any part in that game is down to the coach and how I get on in the training sessions next week.”
The defensive midfielder built up a reputation in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge once describing him as “one of the biggest talents in German football”.
It seemed a sensible signing for Brendan Rodgers as he looked to add more numbers in a bid to juggle Champions League football with a Premier League title challenge.
The defensive midfield area was certainly an area in which the Reds were light last year, therefore a good run in the side could see Can quickly establish himself as first-team player.