Sissoko targets derby return
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mohamed Sissoko is targeting a return to action this weekend against Everton.
Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko is targeting a return to action this weekend against Everton.
Sissoko has made a quicker than expected return to training after suffering a serious eye injury last month.
The 21-year-old suffered the eye injury after being kicked in the head by Benfica midfielder Beto during Liverpool's defeat in Lisbon.
It was initially feared that Sissoko's career could be over as a result of the problem, but after undergoing more tests the former Valencia star has been able to return to training.
The powerful midfielder could return to playing by donning the sort of eye protection worn by Tottenham's Edgar Davids.
Sissoko admitted he feared for his career, but is now looking forward to putting on the red shirt again.
"Three weeks ago I had zero vision in my right eye, now it's about eighty per cent so that is a quick recovery," Sissoko told the club's official website.
"It's hard to say if it'll ever be perfect. There's a chance it might but also a chance it might not. Only time will tell.
"The big thing for me is I can play football again. That's all I want to do.
"The problem came at a bad time for me because I felt I was playing well and contributing to the team.
"I'm training with my team-mates again and last week I started playing football again. It's great to be back out there with them. I missed it so much.
"Physically I feel very good but it's down to the manager now when he feels I'm ready to play again. The derby this weekend may be a bit early, but I'd love to return in time for that match.
"What has happened has happened but that part of my life is closed now.
"I've had a bad experience but everything is okay and I just want to look to the future."