Andy Carroll To Start On Liverpool Bench For Europa League Game

Anfield doctor is pleased with striker’s rehabilitation and plans to gradually return him to the first-team.

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Liverpool striker Andy Carroll will make his European debut from the bench tomorrow night according to the club doctor.

The Anfield club travel to Portugal to play Braga in the Europa League last-16 first-leg tie.

The £35million signing from Newcastle United made his first appearance for the reds in the 3-1 win over Manchester United after being sidelined for two months with a thigh problem.

Head of sports medicine and sports science at Liverpool, Dr Peter Brukner, is pleased with the player’s rehabilitation and wants him to be gradually introduced to first-team action.

“It’s been a long process rehabilitating him – about eight or nine weeks – but we are happy with the result,” Brukner told the club’s website.

“We’ve seen steady improvement over that time; he’s much stronger in that tendon and in general as well. We still need to keep working with him and we want to build his training and playing load up to the level required.

“He’ll play some more minutes against Braga and hopefully he’ll be involved more and more with each game. Overall, we are really happy with his progress. The physio and fitness guys have worked really hard with Andy and to his credit he’s not shirked the issue.

“He’s worked very hard to get himself right. It was very frustrating for him not being able to be out there with the other players. That was hugely frustrating for him but as soon as we got him outside he was much happier.”

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