Rodgers eager for 'terrific' Liverpool defender to return

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers can't wait to get Jose Enrique back from injury and into the first-team squad.

The Spaniard has been out of action since September 20 after picking up a knee injury on Europa League duty against Young Boys.

And the former-Newcastle defender has featured just twice in the Premier League this season, with Glen Johnson often deputising at left-back.

But Rodgers revealed Enrique is well on his way back to full fitness and should be back in the first-team soon.

Speaking to, Rodgers said: "He hasn't been [available for selection] in the last couple of weeks. Hopefully, within the next week to 10 days he'll be back out on the training field and hopefully there will be no reaction.

"He's a terrific player, Jose, and has got great qualities. We hope we can get him back sooner rather than later."

In Enrique's absence, Liverpool have utilised the academy, drafting in England youth international Andre Wisdom at right-back and switching full international Glen Johnson to left-back.

Wisdom, along with fellow teenagers Raheem Sterling and Suso, has been excellent for the Reds, but Rodgers is keen to get his experienced players match-fit, giving him a full squad to choose from.

Liverpool drew 0-0 in their last match at Anfield in the Premier League, but the international break means Rodgers has to wait to get his players back on the field and working on match situations.

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