Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make return to action this week?

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

However, with three months of football still to play, "The Ox" has recently returned to first-team training well ahead of schedule, and according to the Liverpool Echo, the England worldwide is set to make his return to action for Liverpool's Under 23 side against Derby County on Friday.

The midfielder sustained serious knee ligament damage in the Merseysider's Champions League clash with Roma last April. Obviously talent, which we've got in abundance, and we need to show our mentality in the next nine games - plus the Champions League - that we can achieve what we want to achieve.

Reds' boss Jürgen Klopp isn't expected to rush the former Arsenal man back despite his progress being well ahead of schedule.

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Liverpool's medical staff will then run the rule over Oxlade-Chamberlain following his minutes against Derby to see how he reacts to his first football in nearly a year. In April the Under 23s have games against Chelsea (8th April), Leicester (14th April) and Blackburn Rovers (29th).

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp previously stated it would be a "bonus" if Oxlade-Chamberlain featured during the 2018/19 campaign. He's certainly been missed that's for sure.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had been considered for Monday night's U23s defeat against Everton, but was not included in the matchday squad.

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