Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has revealed that he expects Republic of Ireland International Robbie Keane to be fit to face Fulham at Anfield in the Premier League on Saturday, but captain Steven Gerrard is a major doubt for the visit of the Cottagers.
Keane, who injured his shoulder in the win against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend has withdrawn from the Ireland squad to face Poland this week, but Benitez has insisted that the withdrawal from the Irish squad was merely a precaution.
“Robbie Keane's injury is not serious,” Benitez told the club's official website.
“He had a problem but [withdrawing from the international duty] was just a case of prevention. I think he will be okay.”
However, the Reds boss will be without his skipper Gerrard after a groin strain forced the midfielder to pull out of Fabio Capello’s squad to face Germany in Berlin on Wednesday.
Benitez believes the Champions League clash with Marseille is a more realistic target for Gerrard, who will be out for 7-10 days after having a scan.
“Steven had a scan and he will be out for seven to ten days, depending on how he progresses,” added Benitez.
“He could be back for the Marseille game but each player is different. We have to start working with him and see how he does.”