Jordan Henderson participated in full training as Liverpool prepared for their clash against Bordeaux, but the club are still being cautious over the captain’s comeback.
The midfielder was part of a lighter session at Melwood on Wednesday afternoon, ahead of the Europa League tie on Thursday.
Henderson has only played 141 minutes this season and has been sidelined since August 17 when he limped off against Bournemouth with discomfort in his left heel.
The skipper visited a specialist in America, who corrected the issue. However, upon his return to training in September, he broke a bone in his right foot.
Henderson had surgery to fix his metatarsal injury, and has been on a thorough rehabilitation programme. He received the go-ahead to join full training on Friday, but has still been left out of the high-intensity exercises as Liverpool adopt a safety-first approach.
Philippe Coutinho was not involved in proceedings due to a minor hamstring complaint picked up at Manchester City. The Brazilian is not expected to be out of action for a lengthy period and could be in contention for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Swansea.
Jurgen Klopp’s options are multiplying as the club’s injury crisis eases. Mamadou Sakho is doing well in his recovery, while the manager can now call upon both Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke in attack. The strike duo were unavailable when he took charge of his first Liverpool game away to Tottenham.
With Henderson also closing in on a return, the 48-year-old will soon be able to pick his strongest XI from an almost fully fit squad for the first time.