Liverpool’s Emre Can resumes first-team training after ankle injury

Emre Can has returned to training to give Liverpool a boost ahead of their Europa League semifinal second leg, according to Press Association Sport.

Germany international Can was expected to be sidelined for about four weeks after spraining ankle ligaments against Borussia Dortmund on April 14.

However, Press Association Sport reports that the midfielder re-joined first-team training on Monday, just 18 days after sustaining the injury that resulted in him having to wear a protective boot and use crutches for several days.

The 22-year-old trained with all the players who did not start the 3-1 defeat to Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

No decision has been made yet on whether he will be available for Thursday’s crunch tie with Villarreal, who come to Anfield holding a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Liverpool are light in central midfield as captain Jordan Henderson’s knee ligament injury in April prematurely ended his domestic season and has put his chances of making Euro 2016 with England in extreme doubt.

Can’s return to fitness is the second piece of good news in the last few days as striker Danny Ings, out since mid-October after anterior cruciate ligament surgery, returned to training towards the end of last week.
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