Sunday, September 13, 2009

Gaffer confident of Masch for Champions League clash

Rafa Benitez is confident that Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano will be fit for the start of Liverpool’s Champions League campaign.

Mascherano was missing as his side demolished Burnley 4-0 at Anfield on Saturday, with his replacement Yossi Benayoun scoring the third hat-trick of his Liverpool career.

But Benitez expects Mascherano to be available for Wednesday’s game against Hungarian side Debrecen at Anfield after the midfielder was given special permission to remain in South America for treatment.

Mascherano suffered a pelvis injury playing for Argentina in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Paraguay on Wednesday.

“He wil be back here tomorrow (Sunday),” said Benitez after his side recorded back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time this season.

“It’s not serious. He has had some problems and he’s been doing some tests over there.

“We gave him permission to stay there but he is coming back.”

If Mascherano is fit to play on Wednesday then Benitez faces something of a selection dilemma after Benayoun’s dazzling display.

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