Steven Gerrard will return to light training this week, as the Liverpool captain continues his rehabilitation from the groin surgery, and further infection that has hampered the start of his 2011-12 campaign.
After being released from hospital almost a fortnight ago, the Reds midfielder has been given the all-clear to resume training with Kenny Dalglish's first-team squad.
Gerrard has featured only a handful of times for Liverpool since the return of Dalglish, with his last Anfield appearance coming in March prior to his operation.
His long-awaited return is scheduled for mid-September, after Dalglish confirmed, "Stevie will be stepping up his recovery this week."
Another player returning to Melwood this week is Martin Skrtel - last year's ever-present defender missed the season opener against Sunderland with a calf injury suffered in pre-season, but is expected to be in contention for Saturday's trip to Arsenal.
Meanwhile Fabio Aurelio's injury woes continue, with the Brazilian full-back facing another extended period on the sidelines after damaging his achilles tendon in training last Friday.
The injury forced Dalglish into handing an Anfield debut to Jose Enrique -just 24 hours after his £6million arrival from Newcastle United was confirmed.
The Liverpool medical staff are yet to establish the full extent of Aurelio's problem, but the latest setback will no doubt come as an untimely blow for the injury-prone defender.
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