Liverpool defender Jon Flanagan has handed an injury boost to new manager Jurgen Klopp by revealing he intends to be back in action by December after nearly 18 months out on the sidelines, the Daily Express reports.
The 22-year-old has not featured since suffering a knee injury back in May 2014, but has now confirmed he can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of his injury hell.
“It’s been going well. It’s obviously been a frustrating time since last year when I got the injury,” he said.
“I’m back running now and hopefully I can push on and get back in the team in a couple of months.
“I’ve just got to progress and get myself fit, building up my leg strength. [returning in December] is the aim – if all goes well that’s the plan.”
The news will come as a slight boost following what has been a difficult week in terms of injuries for the Reds.
Earlier this week both Joe Gomez and Danny Ings have seen their respective seasons ended with cruciate ligament injuries.
However, Flanagan has offered some words of encouragement to his fellow full-back saying: “I’m devastated for him, I know what it’s like to be in his situation with a long-term injury.
“I spoke to him yesterday and just told him to stay positive and if he ever needs any advice to come and see me, don’t hesitate.
I know it’s going to be tough for him but he’s got to stay positive.”