Carra set for training return

The defender has missed the last two matches with a calf injury and

is keen to get back into action, although he will not set himself a

deadline for the trip to Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday. “It’s

the first time I’ve ever had a muscle injury in my life but I’m

coming along fine,” the centre-back told “I’m

working with the physios this week and if things continue to go

well the plan is to get back into full training at the start of

next week. “It was always going to be tight to be fit for the

Swansea game last weekend and with a two-week break after that

match there was no point doing anything silly. “It’s important to

ensure I get it 100% right. “Hopefully I’ll be available for the

Chelsea game but I’m not thinking about games at this stage. “My

first target is just getting back on the training pitch with the

lads and that should happen early next week.” Despite his advancing

years, the 33-year-old is confident the fitness problem is only a

minor issue as he looks to add to his tally of 679 appearances for

the Reds. “It’s the first time I’ve ever had a muscle injury in my

life,” he added. “I suppose that’s not a bad record so I can’t

complain too much. The good thing is it wasn’t a bad one and it has

only kept me out for a short period. “I was quite fortunate and

it’s not something that should happen again.”