Hendo: Ox’s return is a major boost

The return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to first-team training has been a major boost to the Liverpool squad, according to Jordan Henderson.

Chamberlain who sustained multiple ligament damages in the Champions League semi-final with AS Roma has been sidelined since last April.

The former Arsenal man has however made a speedy recovery as he participated in several sessions during the camp in Marbella last week.

Ox has continued to follow a rehabilitation programme with the target of featuring for the Reds before the end of the season.

And Reds skipper and fellow teammates didn’t hide their joy at the return of the midfielder to training.

“It was obviously a massive moment for everyone but [especially] for him to be back from a bad injury. He has been out for a while now and I’m sure he’s been thinking about that moment for a long time,” Henderson told Liverpoolfc.com.

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“It was great to have him back. He is a great character around the lads and he is obviously a fantastic player, so to have him back within the squad was a big plus for us.

“Hopefully over the next few weeks he can keep progressing and build his fitness up. Who knows, hopefully, he can get some minutes before the end of the season – that would be a huge boost for the team.”

The captain added: “The manager will be [careful] – he is with players who have been out for a long time, he knows how difficult it is to come back.

“But Ox has looked good in training and I’m sure over the next few weeks, as he builds fitness, the manager will keep a close eye on him because he is an important player, a fantastic player for this team.

“To have him back before the end of the season would be a massive boost.”

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