Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini could figure in the weekend's Premier League encounter with Norwich City, according to Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
Both were removed from the game with Manchester United last Sunday. It had been feared that Agger may have suffered ligament damage, but scans revealed the damage was downgraded to bruising around the knee-bone.
Borini had an ankle problem. His withdrawal was more than mere precaution, but this too has proved to be not as bad as had been first feared.
Yet both still face significant hurdles to match fitness.
"Daniel probably has a good chance and Fabio is 50/50," Rodgers told journalists at his pre-match press conference.
"They haven't trained this week but we'll see how they go over the next 24 hours. They are responding well.
Martin Kelly will not feature until at least the spring, though Lucas Leiva who showed excellent powers of recovery in making his way back from a serious knee injury last term is doing just as well in recuperation from the thigh problem picked up against Manchester City.
"He [Lucas] has responded very well - he's doing great," said Rodgers.
"He'll still have a wee bit of time away but he's working hard and working very well. He was in the pool today and he's got good movement; he's started to run. So hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later."
With squad members certain to miss out and others having their participation at Carrow Road in doubt Rodgers suggested that he may turn to some of those who performed so well against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup.
He said: "I will always, irrespective of age, look at young players. "If a young player has the talent, the personality and ability to learn, and the courage to get on the ball, I'll always look at him."
While he may be limited in terms of playing staff at this point Rodgers sees that he has plenty of support in the stands and lauded the fans.
The Anfield manager added: "They have been brilliant for me. The Liverpool supporters are very educated and clever.
"They understand our resources were really stretched and the support they have given, the team more importantly and myself, has been incredible from my first day here.
"I think the biggest thing we have got now at Liverpool is the reality - the real situation we are in."
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