MARTIN KELLY is set to miss Liverpool’s trip to Stoke City on Saturday but is confident he won’t be sidelined for long.
The Reds right-back has been having treatment since going off with a tight hamstring during the 3-1 victory over Bolton at Anfield.
“We had a scan and it was good news – it was only a slight strain,” Kelly said.
“I’ll build up training this week. This is just a slight injury – no more than two weeks.
“It should be fine after that, injuries won’t trouble me. It’s just an unlucky time in the game for me.”
Kelly had earned praise from England boss Fabio Capello following his performance in the Reds’ victory at Arsenal but the injury picked up against the Trotters forced him to withdraw from under-21s duty during the international break.
“I was disappointed because obviously the England manager had talked about me but I know if I keep working hard my time will come,” he added.
“The first thing I thought was ‘can I carry on?’ We tried a few exercises on the side but I don’t think it was worth it.
“I could have maybe played on but it was important to get it right, with the history of hamstring trouble I had last season.”
Meanwhile, first team coach Steve Clarke admits Liverpool are “satisfied” with their start to the campaign.
The Reds have taken seven points out of nine in the Premier League and progressed in the Carling Cup.
“We’re all reasonably satisfied with the start,” said Clarke. “Obviously we’re two points missing from the perfect start but if you analyse the performances and how we’ve done, everybody should be quite happy.
“Each game individually has had pleasing aspects. It was important to go into the international break on the back of a good performance and win.
“We got that against Bolton so that’s probably been the most satisfying game so far.”
With many of the squad away representing their countries, Clarke has been working with a small group at Melwood over the past week.
The Reds will welcome back their international contingent tomorrow as preparations for Saturday’s trip to Stoke City step up a gear.
“It’s important for us to manage the players that are here well and make sure they don’t lose out on their work on the training pitch and in the gym because we have to keep them fit and ready for the next game,” he said.
“From our point of view, we’d like to have them all here working towards the next game, but we don’t get them back until Wednesday. The plans have started (for Stoke), but obviously you cannot only work with five players before the game.
“We’ll be watching videos, preparing, and I’ll be having a little think about training sessions and what we can do when we get the whole group back together.
“They’ll come back Wednesday, most will have played on the Tuesday night and be a little bit tired, so on Thursday and Friday we’ll start to nail down a few details for the weekend.
“But we should go into the game in a good moment. We finished the first part of the season on a high, we’ll go through the internationals with hopefully no injuries and then we have to get ready for a couple of difficult away games.”