Senior trio could make return in weekend clash with Arsenal
Gerard Houllier has received some positive news on the injury front, revealing John Carew, James Collins and Habib Beye could be in contention for the weekend clash with Arsenal.
Carew [calf] played just over an hour in the reserves match with West Brom while Collins [calf] and Beye [ankle] returned to training this week.
Houllier would be delighted to see three of his senior stars return, after having to deal with a crippling injury list over the past few weeks.
However, rookie midfielder Jonathan Hogg has emerged as a doubt after twisting his ankle during the game against Blackburn.
He said: "John did an hour in the reserves and he felt a bit stiff and sore in the end but he should be fine.
"I haven't made up the team yet. We had a warm down on Monday and we had the day off on Tuesday.
"I wanted to give them a day off because after that we won't have a day off for a long time.
"It was the first training session on Wednesday and John looked better than he was on Monday.
"The only question is Jonathan because he twisted his ankle during the game against Blackburn, so we'll see how he is.
"James did half of the training yesterday, because we wanted to manage that, so he could be back too.
"Habib trained for the first time but Carlos is a no and then, of course, we have Emile, Stiliyan, Steve, Nigel and others."
Marc Albrighton is the latest player to hit the sidelines, after being rushed to hospital with appendicitis before the game at Ewood Park.
Houllier was pleased the operation went well as he predicted the midfield ace should be out for just under a month.
He continued: "Marc was fine on Saturday night, then at 8am the doctor saw him and decided to ask a driver to take him straight to the hospital.
"It was spot on - the family were happy that we took the right decision to take him straight to hospital in Birmingham.
"He's fine and, now he's had the operation, it's a matter of three or four weeks.
"It's a good job it's an appendix then people can't blame me for him being ill!"
Houllier also revealed Robert Pires would be in the squad for the clash with his former club, Arsenal.
He added: "He will be in the squad. I played him in the reserves.
"He was supposed to play one half but he played an hour so he will be in the 18 definitely.
"It doesn't matter whether it's Arsenal or any other team."
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