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Rafa backs Kewell return

15 Nov 2006 - 10:55:58

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has backed Harry Kewell to overcome his continuing injury problems and become an important player for the Reds once again.

The 28-year-old Australia international has not featured at all this season and is nowhere near a return, but Benitez has high hopes that Kewell will make a full recovery.

He told the Daily Post: "Harry still has a future here and I am positive he can come back.

"Harry is now working with the physios, but he will need at least two months before he can begin training with the team again.

"He is okay mentally. He knew he had an injury problem, but now he is mentally in a right way.

"He had two or three things wrong with him, but it was his toe that was causing the major problem.

"We think the injury has been sorted, so when he returns to training it will just be a matter of getting him match fit."

Kewell moved to Anfield in the summer of 2003 and has scored 15 goals in 120 appearances since his £5million switch from Leeds United.

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