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Rodgers sets return date for injured trio

The Anfield boss hopes to call on Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen after the international break, though Coutinho and Sebastian Coates will take longer to recover.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expects injured trio Glen Johnson, Aly Cissokho and Joe Allen to return after the international break.

Johnson and Cissokho have missed several weeks of action due to ankle injuries, while a hamstring complaint has prevented Allen from featuring since Liverpool's Capital One Cup win over Notts County in August. The Anfield outfit sits in second place in the Premier League table despite the injury crisis, and Rodgers is delighted with the options opening up for him as a number of players resume training.

"Glen's out on the field and hopefully after the international break he'll be ready to come back into the squad," Rodgers said. "We're OK. Aly Cissokho has trained over the course of the last week or so, so I think after the international break he'll be fine and fit. Joe Allen likewise - he should be ready for the Newcastle game.

"Glen Johnson and Coutinho will not be long after.

"Obviously Sebastian Coates will be that bit longer and has a bit more to do yet, but apart from that we're getting back to our numbers now."

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