Rafa: Kewell will rise again
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Rafa Benitez believes injured midfielder Harry Kewell will make a full recovery.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes injured midfielder Harry Kewell will make a full recovery.
The Australia international, 28, has endured a torrid time with injuries since making the switch to Anfield, and has been receiving treatment for the entirety of the current campaign.
But, despite these setbacks, Benitez is optimistic that the player can get back to full fitness when he returns early next year.
"Harry still has a future here, and I am positive he can come back," he said on the club's official website.
"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."
Benitez will also be without Mali midfielder Mohamed Sissoko, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in the Carling Cup victory over Birmingham, and he feels that the pair's return will provide a huge boost for the side.
"If we have Harry Kewell and Momo Sissoko coming back in January, then it will be like signing two new players."