Liverpool pleased with Aquilani progress

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Liverpool's Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani is on schedule to return to full fitness.

Aquilani was signed from Roma for £20m on August 9, while still recovering from ankle surgery.

It was thought he would be out for a further six to eight weeks and after a scan to assess his recovery rate, Liverpool have been encouraged by the results.

Manager Rafael Benitez has also received a boost with the news that Brazilian full-back Fabio Aurelio could be fit for the club's next match at home to Burnley on September 12.

Benitez said: "Alberto is improving. We were talking before about six to eight weeks and after a few weeks his ankle is much better, but he will need time.

"He's working in the swimming pool and in the gym, and working with the physios, but he's not jogging yet.

"We cannot put a date on things and it's important to just see how he progresses.

"We are checking on him regularly and he had a scan in the past week which showed he is much better.

"It's just a case of keeping an eye on him every day."

Aurelio damaged a knee during the summer and is now back in training.

Benitez added: "Fabio is back training and playing football.

"After the end of the international break I don't think he will have any problems and he will be able to be involved in normal training sessions and be in the squad.

"Daniel Agger is walking again after his back operation and Nabil El Zhar's knee injury is also improving, so that's also very positive."