Liverpool goal-keeper Pepe Reina is set to make a return against Southampton on Saturday, after missing out on the Reds 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur last week due to calf injury.

The Merseyside club were forced to field the understudy shot-stopper Brad Jones in place of the veteran Spaniard who failed a late fitness test and was subsequently sidelined from the Spurs clash.

However, Liverpool first-team coach Mike Marsh revealed that the 30-year-old goal-keeper is on the fast track to recovery, and was optimistic that he would feature in the Reds next match against Southampton at the Saint Mary’s Stadium this Saturday.

Marsh told the club’s official website: “He's coming along nicely. He's got one of those injuries where you're not sure how long it's going to take.

“He's still getting treatment - with a bit of luck that will improve in the next couple of days and he'll be available for Saturday."

The Merseyside outfit have been hit by a spate of injuries this season. Lucas Leiva and Martin Kelly picked up injuries early on in the campaign with the latter yet to complete his convalescence process. Fabio Borini made a brief return from ankle injury before being ruled out again after dislocating his shoulder.

Joe Allen recently joined the injured camp after he too sustained a shoulder injury. The midfielder is set to get a surgery.

And Marsh confirmed that the Welshman's injured shoulder will soon be tended to by the club’s medical team once the fitness problems of the rest of the squad are sorted out.

He added: “I think he will need surgery. We'll try to get that out of the way sooner rather than later so he'll be ready for pre-season.

"We'll just see how the rest of the squad is before we commit to that.”


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