The Israeli has not played since breaking a rib more than a month ago in the FACup defeat by Reading and, although he has been training with the squad, he maybe held back for Sunday's match at Manchester City.
Case for the defence: Sotirios Kyrgiakos is available for Thursday's first leg
January signing Maxi Rodriguez is ineligible having already playedin Europe for Atletico Madrid but defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos,currently serving a domestic suspension that rules him out of the tripto Eastlands, is available.
Midfielder Alberto Aquilani is back after missing last Wednesday'sdefeat at Arsenal through illness and, although striker Fernando Torresis recovering well from a knee operation, he is not yet close to acomeback.
Provisional squad: Reina,Skrtel, Agger, Carragher, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Gerrard, Lucas, Aquilani,Riera, Ngog, Kuyt, Cavalieri, Pacheco, Spearing, Darby, Babel, Aurelio,Degen, Kelly.
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