Steven Gerrard is on track to make a comeback for Liverpool very soon, according to Kenny Dalglish.
Gerrard has not featured for the Reds since March, suffering a groin injury that required a great deal of medical attention and kept him out of action for the start of the season, as well as for England in their Euro 2012 qualifying matches.
Fans will no doubt be hoping that their captain can return soon, and Dalglish has given them hope that Gerrard could even be back in the next couple of weeks.
"He's not far away,” Dalglish said of Gerrard’s return.
"When Steven is ready to come back it will be a fantastic boost for everybody. The transfer window is shut, so for us it will be a real bonus because it will be like a new player coming back.
"As he said himself in an interview on Saturday, everything feels really strong, fresh and he's happy with where he's got to and what he's done - and we're delighted for him.
"He deserves a break from injuries and he'll be welcomed back with open arms."
Dalgilsh insisted that Liverpool have been quite lucky in terms of injuries, with Charlie Adam set to return this weekend against Stoke, and Glen Johnson back in training.
He added: "I think we've been pretty fortunate. There doesn't appear to have been any body come back [from international duty] with any injuries.
"Glen Johnson is training alongside us again now, and Steven is getting closer everyday, so everything on the injury front seems to be pretty positive for us at the moment.
"Charlie should be alright for the game. I think it was right what [Scotland manager] Craig Levein did in not playing him on Tuesday. To get him back was commendable of Craig Levein."
Liverpool will have a tough away fixture against Stoke this weekend, before taking on Tottenham at White Hart Lane and Brighton in the third round of the Carling Cup.