Glen Johnson has given Liverpool a boost by suggesting that his ankle injury will clear up sooner than expected.
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The England right-back is set to miss his club’s next two games after spraining his ankle during the 1-0 Premier League victory over Manchester United on September 1.
Johnson was forced to sit out England’s World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine with the problem -- and there were fears that he could be out until December.
Liverpool have so far refused to put a date on a Johnson return, but the defender has taken to Twitter to declare he is hopeful of a quick recovery.
Injury doesnt seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected! #BetterNews— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) September 12, 2013
The 29-year-old has played a key role for a Liverpool side who are top of the Premier League after winning their first three games 1-0.
Striker Daniel Sturridge, who has scored the winner in each of those three games, has a chance of recovering from a thigh injury in time to feature in Monday’s Premier League trip to Swansea.
But he is continuing to have treatment on Merseyside, with a final decision on his availability set to be taken this weekend.
Sturridge caused controversy on Tuesday with an interview on Liverpool’s official website that suggested he was less concerned about serving his country than his club, and moved to clarify his comments to critics on Twitter.