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Reina in line for return against Southampton

Liverpool are hoping to have Pepe Reina fit again for the Premier League clash with Southampton on Saturday.
The Spain international was ruled out of the 3-2 victory over Tottenham late on with a calf injury and has been receiving treatment since.

But Mike Marsh, the first-team coach at Anfield, is confident Reina's fitness will improve enough for the goalkeeper to be involved again against Saints at St Mary's.

"He's coming along nicely," Marsh told the club's official website. "He's got one of those injuries where you're not sure how long it's going to take.

"He's still getting treatment - with a bit of luck that will improve in the next couple of days and he'll be available for Saturday."

Marsh also indicated the scheduling of Joe Allen's shoulder surgery depends on the fitness of the rest of the Liverpool squad.

"I think he will need surgery. We'll try to get that out of the way sooner rather than later so he'll be ready for pre-season," he said.

"We'll just see how the rest of the squad is before we commit to that."

Allen was called up to the Wales squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Scotland and Croatia regardless of his injury.

Coach Chris Coleman says he has been kept in the dark over the situation and considers Allen to be available for Wales' qualifiers starting on March 22. 

"Obviously Brendan made the comment after the game at some stage he's going to have to have surgery, but at no time have we been told or has anybody said that he's not available," Coleman said. 

"Of course if that was the case we wouldn't pick Joe. I totally respect Brendan and Liverpool and I think we've always tried to work with clubs because at the end of the day they're not our players. We're only borrowing them really.

"But no, we've not been told anything - that Joe's not available - so at the minute he's very much in the squad."
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