Double boost for Reds
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Reds have struggled this season at the back after injuries to Henchoz and Carragher and news of their fitness will be a boost to Gerard Houllier.
Henchoz has been struggling with a series of injuries this term which have restricted him to just three Premiership appearances.
The Swiss international is now ready to step up his recovery by featuring in the reserves against Bolton on Thursday.
"Stephane will be playing for the reserves," said Houllier.
"He has been out with a medial ligament injury which he picked up in training on the day before we travelled to Middlesbrough.
"Before that he had an ankle injury which he picked up for the national team against Russia in the European Championships.
"That was an injury he had been struggling with earlier in the season.
"It is just one of a number of injuries we have suffered this season, and we are glad to have him back again."
Houllier also rubbished reports that he could be willing to sell Henchoz with Stuttgart reported to be interested in his signature.
"You don't believe I would let him go in the injury situation we have now, do you?" added Houllier.
Carragher made his first steps to recovery on Monday by returning to training after three months out with a broken leg.
The England international has been sidelined since breaking his leg against Blackburn in September, but if all goes to plan he could return to first team action in January.
Meanwhile, Houllier has confirmed that French ace Gregory Vignal could cut short his loan stay at Rennes to return to Anfield.
Vignal, who joined Rennes on a season-long loan last summer, is unhappy at his lack of action at the French outfit and is looking to get back to Liverpool.
"I know Gregory wants to return and it is possible it will happen," said Houllier.
"He has been doing okay over there, although he has a bit of a thigh injury."