Liverpool duo Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson are set to return to training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's clash with Sunderland.
Gerrard and Johnson missed last weekend's defeat to Arsenal after suffering injuries while on international duty with England.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is hoping the pair will come through training unscathed so that they are available for this weekend's trip to the Stadium of Light.
"Steven and Glen are back in training today, so we'll see how they are," said
Asked if Gerrard's return would be a boost for his side, Dalglish added: "I wouldn't restrict it to just Stevie - it's a good boost for us to have anybody back, Steven included.
"Having Glen back as well, who was doing fantastic, will be good for us.
"We'll see how they do in training and judge it from there."