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Troy Deeney to face late assessment ahead of Reds clash

Team News | Liverpool


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Troy Deeney is not yet back in full training and is facing a race against time to be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday, reports Head Coach Marco Silva.
The captain has been sidelined since minor groin surgery last month and with Stefano Okaka, Richarlison, Andre Gray, Isaac Success and Jerome Sinclair available, Silva does not need to take a chance with Deeney ahead of a long gruelling season.
“He is progressing well,” said Silva. “He’s not 100 per cent training with the team but yesterday he did part of the session with us. I believe in the next few days he will start full training with us. He will be then ready to help the team."
The Head Coach did confirm Deeney would be retaining the captain’s armband. “I don’t have reason to change our captain,” said Silva. “Ben Watson and Gomes are our sub captains.”
Craig Cathcart will definitely miss Saturday’s Premier League opener. “Cathcart has only worked with us for one week during pre-season," said Silva. “We’ve had a lot of problems with our centre-backs but in the last two or three weeks we have them nearly all fit. Cathcart should join us soon.”

The Head Coach confirmed Mauro Zarate, Christian Kabasele and Brice Dja Djedje are still sidelined and not in contention to face Liverpool.


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