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Despite Fears, Coutinho and Sterling Ready to Face Tottenham

There were concerns that both Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho could miss the Tottenham match, but manager Brendan Rodgers now says they will be ready to go.

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Early word out of the Liverpool camp had Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho doubts to face Tottenham on Tuesday, but Brendan Rodgers has since updated the injury status of his two key attackers and the news for Liverpool fans is good. Both may be dealing with knocks, but the manager expects both will be available to face Spurs.

The news, though, is less positive for Lucas Leiva, with the midfielder expected to miss around a month and awaiting the results of a scan on his injured thigh. As a result, Rodgers will either have to bring Joe Allen into midfield in his place or push Emre Can forward and reshuffle a defensive unit that in recent weeks has finally found something resembling consistent competence.

"Lucas is the one who will probably miss a bit of time," said the manager. "We’re just waiting on the exact results of the scan. But all the others should be fine."

Meanwhile, a start could be on the cards for Daniel Sturridge, with the manager playing coy about the striker’s chances of kicking off the match as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following an extended spell on the sidelines that had seen him miss the majority of the season.

"You’ll see tomorrow," said Rodgers. "He’s been training for a little bit of time, and there will come a time where he will be able to start. Whether it’s tomorrow or at the weekend you’ll have to wait and see."

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