Joe Allen eager for Liverpool comeback
Joe Allen has admitted to feeling useless during his long absence from the Liverpool side.
The Wales midfielder has barely played since March as a result of injury problems. He missed the final two months of last season as he recovered from surgery to correct a long-standing shoulder problem.
And having returned at the start of this season, he then picked up a hamstring injury during the 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over Notts County on August 27.
Without Allen, Liverpool have continued an impressive start to the season, which has taken them to second place in the Premier League, behind leaders Arsenal on goals scored.
The 23-year-old hopes to be available for his side’s first game after the international break, away to Newcastle next Saturday.
He told Liverpool's official website: "When you’re injured, you almost feel useless because you can’t get out there and help the team. But I’m finally getting there. I’m almost there, basically. The plan is to get back into training, get a good few days leading up to the Newcastle game and hopefully I’ll be available for selection from there on.
"I thought I would get back for the Wales games but unfortunately they just came a bit soon. But it has meant that I got a bit of extra rehab leading up to that game. I have been able to get ready."
Allen made a bright start to life at Liverpool following his £15 million move from Swansea in August 2012, but has struggled to make an impact since. He admitted to being frustrated by his latest injury setback, but hopes to come back stronger.
"It’s easy to feel sorry for yourself," he added. "Unfortunately, you can be unlucky and these things can happen. You've got to deal with it in the best way possible. I think the best way to do that is to look further forward at the end product of doing all your rehab -- getting back out there playing and doing what you love.
"With the timing of the injury, I hadn't really got into the swing of things. This is a fresh start of the season for me personally. It is great to come back with the team doing so well."