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James Milner and Sheyi Ojo Return to Training

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Liverpool’s first choice left back will be available for selection on the weekend.

Liverpool Training & Press Conference Session Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool have been handed a boost ahead of their game against Watford this weekend, with news today that James Milner has returned to full training after missing the past week fighting a virus. His absence was never expected to be long-term or serious, but confirmation of his return remains good news.

In his absence, Alberto Moreno put in a pair of strong performances—against Crystal Palace on the weekend when he filled in and against Tottenham in the EFL Cup when he was scheduled to start in place of Milner—but Liverpool’s vice captain is likely to walk back into the starting eleven when Watford visit Anfield.

Meanwhile, Liverpool got another boost on the injury front today as Sheyi Ojo returned to light training after an extended spell on the sidelines. Ojo impressed last season when given chances, but a stress fracture in his back during pre-season has kept him out for the three months of the regular season to date.

There had been hopes he could return as early as September, but in the end the club’s medical staff chose to err on the side of caution with the 19-year-old’s recovery. He will now spend a week or two in light individual training before reintegrating with the first team.