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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to training last month.

Footage of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's comeback for Liverpool U23s after 11 months out

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It’s been a tough past year for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The English midfielder was so impressive in the second half of the 2017/18 season for Liverpool, until he suffered a serious knee injury against Roma.

That was expected to rule Oxlade-Chamberlain for the whole of the 2018/19 season.

But, his rehabilitation had gone well and he made his long awaited comeback on Friday afternoon.

He started in central midfield for Liverpool U23s game against Derby County and was expected to play until half-time.

Unfortunately, he lasted 40 minutes before going off.

It was feared that he had suffered a reoccurrence of his injury but it has since been revealed he was only taken off a precaution after clutching his hamstring.

Per the Daily Mail, he is now set to undergo a scan to assess the problem.

Let's hope there's no long lasting damage.

But how did he play during his time on the pitch? Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland watched the game and he was impressed with what he saw.

Kirkland told LFCTV: "It was about being back on the pitch and getting some distance in his legs and he did that.

"He was neat and tidy and made some lovely passes. His first touch was good. He got a good 40 minutes under his belt and that will do him good.

Oxlade-Chamberlain injured his knee against Roma last season

"There was one cross-field pass to Ben Woodburn when he never even looked. He knew where Woodburn was and it was a brilliant pass. 

"Alex is a class player and he will be delighted just to have got out there. He linked play up well. It's good news."

A highlights video has now emerged of his performance and you can watch it below….

The highlight was the moment Kirkland was talking about; a pin-point cross-field pass with his left-foot that Woodburn took down well.

It's a shame he came off earlier that he was planned to but it's still an encouraging return for the Ox.

Liverpool U23s manager Neil Critchley insisted after the match that his injury was nothing major.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his return to training last month

"He obviously had a bit of an issue but hopefully it's nothing major. The bonus for him is that it's not his knee, so he's delighted there are no problems with that.

"He was enjoying himself, he was happy to be back playing. Hopefully when he wakes up in the morning, fingers crossed it's nothing and only a precaution.

"The idea was only ever to play him for 45 minutes at most anyway. He nearly got that, as well. Hopefully it's not as bad as it first looked."

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