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Ibe and Milner Return to Full Training

Two of Liverpool's ten injured players have returned to training and are expected to be fit to face Manchester City, but the news isn't as good for the rest of the club's sidelined stars.

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Liverpool were handed their first fitness boost in some time today when Jordon Ibe and James Milner were able to return to training ahead of Saturday's clash with Manchester City. The Reds went into the international break leading the Premier League in injuries, with ten.

Of those ten, six players were expected to be about two weeks from a return. Being ready to train in two weeks and being ready to play in two weeks isn't quite the same, though, especially for players who have been out for some time, and as of now it appears only Ibe and Milner are likely to be available.

Depending on how their injuries react over the next day or two, Jordan Rossiter and Kolo Toure could also end up fit in time for the City match, though both are outside chances—and both players are only likely to make the bench if fit whereas Ibe and Milner are likely to start if they are healthy.

The bad news is that Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge are both expected to be unavailable, with the two players remaining about ten days away from a return if everything goes well in the final stages of their recovery. That would give both an outside chance of facing Bordeaux at Anfield next week.

Failing that, Liverpool should have all six fit and ready to go for their match against Swansea on November the 29th. Of their other injured players, Mamadou Sakho and Jon Flanagan are expected out one to two months. Danny Ings and Joe Gomez remain gone for the season following ACL injuries.

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