The Italy international, who joined the club from Roma in August as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, is expected to have recovered from an ankle injury sustained in March.
Liverpool have been determined not to rush his recuperation but the club’s doctors are confident they have cured an underlying complaint which restricted Aquilani to just 21 appearances in all competitions in his last season in his homeland.
Aquilani is likely to step up his training when his team-mates depart for international duty after Liverpool’s visit to Chelsea and should be in contention for a place on the substitutes’ bench when Rafael Benítez takes his team to the Stadium of Light two weeks later.
Sources insist the player is confident he will make a full recovery, thanks to the efforts of Liverpool’s medical staff, and he is described as being “very happy” at his new club.
Under the draconian training regime of deposed manager Luciano Spalletti, Roma lost a succession of players to chronic injuries and Aquilani believes constant changes in his care regimen affected his recuperation. (Daily Telegraph)
Oct 17 is the date for your collective Liverpool fans diaries. We could sit here all day and argue the wisdom behind signing a player with a long term injury but hopefully when he finally pulls on the coveted Reds jersey all discussion on the matter will cease and then it will be down to the player himself to let his footballing skill do the talking.
The Italian international has a bit of a history of injury problems but hopefully he can put that all behind him as he looks to the trip to Sunderland as being the next milestone of a career that is just waiting to take off. The 25 year old was a regular in the Italian national set up and will hope that being back in club football with plenty of time to prove himself before the World Cup gets underway, will give him a good chance of getting himself named in Marcello Lippi’s squad for South Africa.