Liverpool boss Rodgers believes Suarez is fit to return

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that striker Luis Suarez will be fully-fit to return to action at the conclusion of his 10-match ban, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Suarez is set to make his comeback on Wednesday, when Liverpool take on Manchester United at Old Trafford in the third round of the Capital One Cup, with Saturday’s Premier League encounter the final match of his suspension, which was handed out after the Uruguayan bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic back in April.

The 26-year-old has been training with the first-team since being forced to accept that he would stay at Anfield, having publically stated his intention to move elsewhere during the summer. He has also played in friendlies behind closed doors, the most recent being on Wednesday against Burnley.

And Rodgers has no problem with immediately reintroducing Suarez to the fold once his ban comes to an end. He said: “The idea is that hopefully when he steps back in it will be seamless. Of course there will be a transitional period for him but I am really looking forward to having him back. He is working his socks off.

“We are trying to map out over the period he has been out. We have been organising some games behind closed doors, both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in.

“In between that he has had international games as well to keep him ticking. He has been doing a lot of individual work, specific to him on top of all that and replicating his high intensity speed runs that he would do in a game.’

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