​Liverpool youngster Jones returning to full fitness after freak injury

Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones is happy to put his injury woes behind him.

The midfielder impressed at the start of the season with the Reds, but had his campaign derailed by an ankle injury.

Jones also recently contracted COVID-19, but is now fully recovered from both the eye problem and the virus.

He is ready to take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi final first leg at Anfield on Thursday.

Asked if he was happy to return, Jones told the club’s website: “It’s very good now that I’m back. I had an injury, it was a bad one – I had a tear in the back of my eye.

“But it was mad because, to me, I felt fine, I felt I could run, I felt I could train, I could play. But the doctors were saying no, so I had to go with that. I could only do a small bike session, stretching, foam rolling, stuff like that. I couldn’t even get in the pool. I had to just be chilled, relaxed and just wait.”

He added on the frustrations of being out: “A goal for the season was to get into the team, play, goals, assists and to help the team. I was doing that well and then it was the day before a huge game at Anfield against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League and I got poked in my eye. From then, I’m out for six-and-a-half weeks. I came back, trained twice and then COVID. So it’s been a hard two, three months but I’m back now, I’m working hard and I’m excited.

“I’m kind of used to getting knocks. The worst thing I’ve ever had is a bit of a tear in a hamstring but the physios here have seen that all before. They can sort of say if it’s going to be two weeks or a month out – you kind of know. But with this, we just didn’t have a clue, we didn’t know. We took it day by day, week by week and then in the end it was a month and a bit. It was hard but I’m fortunate enough now that I’m back.”

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