Larsson ready to face Liverpool?
GLASGOW, March 11 (Reuters) - Celtic striker Henrik Larsson has recovered from a broken jaw in the space of a month and wants to be pitched in against Liverpool in Thursday's UEFA Cup quarter-final first leg.
The Swede, the Scottish league's most prolific forward with 34 goals from 35 starts this season, had surgery after sustaining the injury in a match with Livingston on February 9.
Larsson has been passed fit by medical staff and hopes manager Martin O'Neill will include him for the Celtic Park game.
'The jaw fracture has healed now,' he told reporters on Tuesday. 'The doctors have cleared me and I am now going to practice at 100 percent then we will see if there is any reaction.
'But all I can say is that this is a big game that nobody wants to miss.'
Having the influential Larsson back would be a massive boost for Celtic amid their biggest series of matches in years.
The Glasgow side beat city rivals Rangers 1-0 on Saturday to maintain their hopes of a third successive league title and over the next 12 days face Liverpool twice, a League Cup final with Rangers and a Scottish Cup quarter-final tie.
However, in-form French winger Didier Agathe looks set to miss all four big games after damaging a hamstring in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 league win over Rangers.
'We went for the scan and it showed a tear on the hamstring and it obviously very frustrating for me,' said Agathe, who was outstanding in both legs against Stuttgart in the previous round.
'It seems like a long time to be out and it isn't nice to miss out on so many big games but that is just life.'