Brendan Rodgers has revealed Joe Allen will return to the squad for the Reds Barclays Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

Allen picked up an abductor problem against Chelsea in late December and made a brief return to action during Liverpool's 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

The Wales international missed the trip to Bournemouth and was unavailable for the Merseyside derby victory over Everton; however, he will be in contention to feature at the weekend.

Rodgers told reporters gathered at Melwood for his pre-Baggies press conference: "Joe Allen will be back, which is great news.

"He's looked very good in training and he's a very important player back in for us."

On Glen Johnson, who last featured for the Reds during the draw against Villa at Anfield, Rodgers said: "Glen is working really well.

"There's no timeline on that yet, but he's certainly working very hard with the medical team, so that's coming along well."

The manager also offered an injury update on Jose Enrique, who has been out of action since the 4-0 home victory over Fulham on November 9.

Later that month, it was confirmed that the Spaniard had successfully undergone arthroscopic surgery to resolve an issue with his right knee.


"Jose Enrique, we'll just need to analyse," said Rodgers. "It was 10 weeks yesterday since the operation and we'd hoped he'd be a little bit further on in his recovery. So we just need to look at a strategy in terms of getting him back.

"Apart from that, the others are still out; Mamadou Sakho and Daniel Agger. As you saw in the last game, Jon Flanagan has come back from being out for a while, so we're slowly getting there."