Liverpool’s Martin Kelly aims for full fitness in ‘six to eight weeks’

Liverpool defender Martin Kelly says he hopes to be back to peak fitness in "six to eight weeks"

The Sport Review staff
brendan rodgers
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers Photo: The Sport Review

Martin Kelly says he wants to get as many Liverpool Under-21 games under his belt as the defender aims to break into the Reds first-team.

The 23-year-old has missed the past 11 months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which the right-back suffered in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at Anfield last season.

The England international captained Liverpool’s Under-21 side to a 4-2 victory over the Red Devils on Sunday night, and Kelly hopes to be back to peak fitness in “six to eight weeks”.

“It was good to get the first 90 minutes under my belt after so long,” Kelly told Liverpool’s website.

“I played last week in a behind closed doors friendly but to get 90 minutes for the U21s was superb for me and my fitness.

“I just want to get as many games in as I can. I missed so much last season and it’s difficult mentally coming back from 11 months out and knowing you
are not where you were last pre-season, because I started the last pre-season flying and that’s where I want to get back to.

“It’s all the hard work that starts now and in the next six to eight weeks I should get back to that fitness.”

Kelly will be targeting a place in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for next summer’s World Cup after being included in the Three Lions manager’s travelling part for Euro 2012.

MORE: Get TREBLE the odds on any sports bet. T&Cs apply

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

MORE: Back to The Sport Review homepage

The Sport Review
Can I build muscle and lose fat at the same time? When should I eat carbs? What should I eat on a rest day?
The Sport Review
Arsenal WAGs: Meet Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott and Granit Xhaka’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Chelsea WAGs: Meet David Luiz, Oscar and Willian’s wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Liverpool WAGs: Meet Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Loris Karius’ wives and girlfriends
The Sport Review
Man United WAGs: Meet Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David De Gea’s girlfriends
The Sport Review
Willian: 29 photos of Chelsea forward’s stunning wife Vanessa Martins
The Sport Review
Roberto Firmino: 25 photos of the Liverpool forward’s stunning wife
The Sport Review
Marin Cilic keeps WTFs and Davis Cup on radar, but Goffin beaten in Basel
The Sport Review
Why Joel Matip is a Liverpool signing with a difference
The Sport Review
Jamie Carragher comments on Liverpool’s League Cup draw against Leeds United