Liverpool defender handed injury boost

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Liverpool defender Glen Johnson is confident of a swift return from injury after being informed that his ankle problem is better than initially feared, putting a reported timeline on his return of around five to six weeks.

Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain during Liverpool's 1-0 win over Manchester United just under a fortnight ago, ruling him out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine last week.

The right-back left Anfield on crutches after that clash with Patrice Evra and was feared by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to have suffered a serious injury, which could have kept him out until Christmas.

Reds club doctors have monitored Johnson carefully and are now cautiously optimistic that the Three Lions regular will be eligible for selection towards the end of next month, according to the Liverpool Daily Post.

Johnson used Twitter to reveal that his recovery had received a boost this morning, tweeting: "Injury doesnt seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected! #BetterNews

"Thank you everyone for the 'Get well' messages!!!"

Rodgers will still be without Johnson for at least five Premier League games with the most hopeful of estimates on a full recovery, starting with Liverpool's trip to face his former side Swansea City on Monday night.

England boss Roy Hodgson must now also plan for life without a consistent figure in his plans for a pair of pivotal World Cup qualifiers next month, with Montenegro and Poland both visiting Wembley in the space of four days.

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