Danny Ings has a chance of playing for Liverpool again this season after it was revealed his recent knee injury was not as bad as first feared, according to the Mirror.
The England striker went down with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his first training session under new manager Jurgen Klopp and is set to go under the knife this week.
Having lost Joe Gomez to the same injury just one day before, it looked as if the German coach would have to plan life around two first-team stars for at least the rest of the season.
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Initially, it was feared both Gomez and Ings would be out for nine months, but the Reds have received an unexpected boost with regards to the latter.
Scans have revealed that, while his ACL has completely torn, the other ligaments and muscles surrounding it have escaped damage. Such an instance makes surgery, and therefore recovery, an easier and quicker process.
Chance to return
So long as the surgery is a success, Ings can start to think about regaining full fitness before the current campaign is over. That would also give him a chance of making Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad, albeit a very small one.
The 23-year-old made his international debut against Lithuania just two days before succumbing to the unfortunate affliction.
Ings recently stated that he is still looking to impress Klopp by remaining positive and professional throughout his rehabilitation.
Quoted in the Mirror, Ings said: "The only way I can get in his [Klopp’s] thoughts is the way I am in the gym or by being positive around the lads. Sometimes negativity can rub off on players and I don’t want to affect their performance."