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09 Sep 2009 11:45:12

Aurelio closes on return

Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio has targeted a return to action in this weekend's clash with Burnley. Aurelio has yet to play this season, having spent the last few months recovering from a knee cartilage operation. The Brazilian sustained the knee injury in a kickabout with friends while on holiday in Brazil earlier in the summer. Aurelio will feature in a practice game on Thursday and he is hoping to prove his fitness to Reds boss Rafa Benitez. "I am feeling good and working hard to try and get back into the squad for Saturday," said Aurelio. "The international break came at a good time for me because I have been able to work hard and not miss too many more games. I'm playing in a practice game on Thursday and I hope to prove my fitness and be involved against Burnley. "I have been training for three weeks now and I can't wait to get back." Aurelio added: "The injury could not have come at a worse time. I was with my brother-in-law and some friends playing football and joking around and suddenly I felt something strange in my knee. "I called my old team Sao Paulo and they examined the knee and found there was a cartilage injury. "I then phoned Liverpool and got permission to get the knee operated on. It was my holiday and I spent the rest of the time recovering. "The good thing is it feels fine now, I am now back and hoping to help the team. I played in a practice game last week and I felt good."


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