Liverpool’s Martin Kelly wants to be fit for Jamie Carragher swan song
Liverpool youngster Martin Kelly says he wants to return to first-team action in time for Jamie Carragher's swan song in May
Martin Kelly says he wants to return to first-team action in time for Jamie Carragher’s Liverpool swansong.
The 22-year-old has been sidelined for the past five months after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament during a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at the start of the season.
Veteran defender Carragher last month announced that he would be calling time on a decorated 16-year Reds career at the end of the current campaign.
And Kelly, who revealed he has stepped up his rehabilitation in recent weeks, is relishing the chance to win his place back.
“It’s a big incentive to be part of that day, whether it’s playing or not,” Kelly told Liverpool’s website.
“To be there while it’s Jamie’s last game – after he’s played so many for the club – I’m sure it will be an emotional day for him and all the fans.
“I’m at the point now where I’ve been outside for the past few weeks and getting to do little ball drills and stuff without the ball – it’s really promising for me at the moment and the medical staff are doing really well with my rehab.
“For the first five months I took a lot of time in the gym trying to remould my body to make sure I can cope with the demands of football.
“To get outside and do what I love doing, start touching the ball again – even at a low level – was fantastic for me.
“It’s tough going from training every day to not doing much, but I’m really looking forward to getting back fit and playing with the team again.
“I’m getting stronger and stronger each day. I can only go as fast as my knee is telling me to do; with a rehab like this, if your knee swells up from something you’ve done outside you’ve got to relax and take your time, then start up again.
“We’ve had no setbacks so it’s looking really promising.”