Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Kolo Toure has an outside chance of making Sunday's clash with Manchester United.
The Ivorian has apparently made an "excellent recovery" from a groin injury sustained against Notts County in midweek.
Toure was stretchered off during Liverpool's 4-2 win in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, leaving the Reds to close out extra time with 10 men as they avoided a shock upset against the League One outfit.
Rodgers has declared that Toure will return to first-team action much sooner than first thought, with the former Man City defender to be monitored closely over the next two days as he bids to keep his place in central defence for the United game.
He told the club's official website: "His injury is nowhere near as bad as what we thought. We'll just assess that over the next 24/48 hours.
"I think we were all thinking that he might be out for longer after the game, but he's made an excellent recovery. The diagnosis isn't anywhere near as bad as we thought, so we'll see how he is for this weekend.
"If it's not this weekend, then we would think that after the international break he will not be too far away."
The 32-year-old has made an encouraging start to life on Merseyside after signing on a free transfer during the close season, helping Liverpool keep successive clean sheets in Premier League wins over Stoke City and Aston Villa.
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