Gerrard set to boost Liverpool by returning for Real Madrid clash

23 February 2009 01:46

captain Steven Gerrard is on course to make a welcome comeback against Real Madrid.

The midfielder has been included in the squad for the first leg of their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

Gerrard has been out for three weeks with a hamstring injury but was able to take part in training at Melwood this morning and is poised to travel to the Spanish capital.

Big boost: Steven Gerrard is back for Liverpool

The England star was thought to have been close to featuring in yesterday's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Manchester City

but was ruled out by manager Rafa Benitez late last week.

'Steven will be in the squad. He was OK in training this morning,' said Benitez.

'It was a special training session so we were not testing him 100 per cent, but he trained OK so we will see.'

Gerrard has not played for the Reds since limping out of the FA Cup fourth round replay defeat at Everton on February 4.

His return would be a huge boost for Benitez after yesterday's disappointment, which saw Liverpool end the weekend seven points behind leaders Manchester United


Xabi Alonso also missed the match against City through suspension but can return at the Bernabeu, raising the prospect of Benitez being able to select his first choice midfield against the club whose youth teams he used to coach.

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Source: Daily_Mail