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Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius is ahead of schedule is coming back from his broken hand that he suffered in preseason.
The 23-year-old German was signed by Liverpool from Mainz early in the summer, but suffered a broken hand in a friendly against Chelsea during the team’s tour of the United States. But Karius could be back a lot sooner than expected for his new club.
“I had surgery on Wednesday, so now the wires [the support that had been placed in his broken hand] have been removed that they put in four weeks ago,” Karius told the club’s official website. “Now the fracture has healed, hopefully I can start training and build it up.
“I just need to see how it feels. But I can now start using my hands and catch balls. It’s up to me now, basically.
“We’re ahead of schedule because in total it’s been about five weeks I think,but I don’t want to rush it too much. Now I am in the last stages, I just want to feel good and confident about it, that it’s all done.
“I am not going to rush it because of two or three days, but if I feel good then maybe I will be back way sooner than expected.”
Despite his injured hand, Karius has worked hard with Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
“I’ve been working a lot in the gym on my legs,” Karius said. “I obviously couldn’t do much upper-body stuff because of my hand, so I’ve done a lot of lower strength.
“I’ve been outside every day with the team and have done a lot of fitness work, foot work and making some saves with my left hand. My fitness level is where it should be, I don’t think I am going to need any time to improve on that, so that will help me to be fit by the time I feel confident with my hand.
“We haven’t wasted any time there, in fact we’ve probably even improved me on some stuff. We did a lot of kicking with John Achterberg – after every training session we did work to improve on kicking, so I feel really good.
“I don’t really think I am going to need a long time to be back on my best level. My body is there, it’s ready, it’s just the one hand I need to be sure of now and that it’s not giving me any problems.
“I am pretty sure next week I will feel fine. Obviously I can’t say 100 per cent because I’ll need to see how it is when I am in full training next week, so we’ll see but I don’t think it is going to be long now.”