Johnson Fit to Face Chelsea but Reina Still Recovering

Mike Hewitt

Ahead of Sunday's league match against Chelsea, manager Brendan Rodgers revealed that while Glen Johnson is ready to start, there's a good chance Pepe Reina won't be.

Liverpool received good news on the injury front Friday Glen Johnson was declared fit ahead of Sunday's trip to Stamford Bridge. Johnson, whose form this season has seen him amongst the top fullbacks in England, has been out of commission for the past two weeks after being taken off at the half against Anzhi Makhachkala when the Russian side visited Anfield.

"Glen looks very strong so he'll be fit for the weekend," said Brendan Rodgers, who will once again have options at fullback after a few lean matches, with Andre Wisdom and Jose Enrique both also expected to be available.

The news isn't as quite good when it comes to goalkeeper Pepe Reina, though, as the hamstring injury he picked up while on international duty in October and re-aggravated in training with Liverpool while pushing to be ready to face Everton in the derby still hasn't completely healed.

"We'll assess Pepe over the next 24 hours, but he's making progress. If he doesn't make the weekend then certainly I'd anticipate him to be available the following week. He's working very hard and working very well."

And though Reina might not be fit to face Chelsea this weekend, when it comes to the question of Pepe Reina or Brad Jones, Rodgers has no doubts as to who his starting goalkeeper will be once the Spaniard returns to action:

"[Reina] is our number one 'keeper. Brad has come in and done a fantastic job for us in this period. Every time he has been asked upon this year, he has done great. But Pepe is recuperating very well, he's working very hard."

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