Allen Returns but Enrique Behind Schedule

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Updating the club's injury situation, Brendan Rodgers had good news on the Joe Allen front, with the player in contention for West Brom. Jose Enrique, though, is behind schedule in his recovery.

With most of the attention today on possible incomings, with Liverpool still working hard to get a deal for Yevhen Konoplyanka done before the deadline, anything that isn't transfer news can seem a distraction. Whether that's a welcome or annoying one, of course, is up to the individual.

Still, with West Bromwich Albion up on Sunday and a lengthy injury list to update at his pre-match press conference, it was more than just transfers that Brendan Rodgers found himself talking about today. And to kick things off with the good news, the manager revealed Joe Allen is back and ready to play.

"Joe Allen will be back, which is great news," said Rodgers, before moving on to address the not quite as good side of the day's injury news and Glen Johnson's continuing, indefinite absence: "There's no timeline on [Glenn] yet, but he's certainly working very hard with the medical team, so that's coming along well."

Meanwhile, there was also an update on Jose Enrique, who has now been out since the start of November after struggling through multiple injury issues throughout the autumn. Unfortunately, the news isn't good for Enrique, who is behind schedule following arthroscopic knee surgery a few weeks after he dropped out of the lineup.

"It was 10 weeks yesterday since the operation and we'd hoped he'd be a little bit further on in his recovery," said the manager. "We just need to look at a strategy in terms of getting him back. Apart from that, the others are still out—Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger—but Jon Flanagan has come back from being out for a while, so we're slowly getting there."

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