Slow progress for Aurelio

15 July 2007 02:50
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed that Brazilian left-back Fabio Aurelio will not have recovered from injury in time for next month's start to the season. The 27-year-old former Valencia star ruptured his Achilles tendon during a Champions League quarter-final clash against PSV Eindhoven in early April and is still recovering. Benitez told the club's official website: "Fabio isn't fit. It could be another month before he recovers. We knew it would be a long time when he got injured. "He is improving, but it is not easy when you have this kind of injury." Aurelio made 25 appearances for the Reds last term.

Source: ESA