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Agger sets return date

Reds defender hoping to be back playing by the end of the month

Agger: Close to full fitness

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Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is targeting a possible return to action by the end of March.

The 24-year-old has had an injury-ravaged season and has played just twice in 2009 with a back injury the latest problem to hold him back.

The Denmark international's last outing came in the Reds' 3-2 success at Portsmouth at the start of February but the centre-back is upbeat with a return to training imminent.

Agger is eyeing Denmark's World Cup qualifying games against Malta on the 28th March and then Albania four days later as possible dates for a comeback.

"Hopefully I'll be back soon. I'll start training any day now," he told Sporten.dk.

"As it seems, and what I hope, is to be fit for the international games, which seems reasonable as I feel a lot better for the last couple of games.

Concern

"I was at a stage where I didn't know what we were going to do and that concerned me.

"Of course my mind wandered off, thinking that I might be out for a long time. But you have to take things as they come, and the last couple of days have really been good.

"I've been undergoing good treatment and tried new exercises."

Meanwhile Denmark national team boss Morten Olsen has admitted that he is keeping a close eye on the defender as he looks to select his squad for the two upcoming games.

"I follow him closely day to day and know that it is his back injuries that keep him away from the pitch since the game against Greece," he told Onside.dk.

"No (I haven't spoken to him) I've been abroad the last days and haven't had the time yet. I only have two feet and two hands, but during the week we will contact him and on Tuesday we will select the squad."