Alonso back for United clash

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By James Dall.   Last Updated: 13/12/07 3:20pm

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Alonso: Back in training

Alonso: Back in training

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Xabi Alonso has handed Liverpool a major boost by returning to training ahead of the Grand Slam Sunday fixture against Manchester United.

The Spain international made his comeback from six weeks out with a broken metatarsal against Arsenal in October, only to suffer a new foot injury.

He has since been working hard to recover from the setback, and has now returned to training.

Liverpool host United on Sunday - in a game that can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 - and manager Rafa Benitez has confirmed that Alonso is in contention to feature.

"Alonso was training today and hopefully he will be okay for the weekend," Benitez told the club's official website.

Finnan and Agger

"He might have problems because he hasn't trained with the group for a long time, but physically he will be fit."

Steve Finnan was kept out of the Marseille triumph with a knock and Benitez admits he is doubtful for the United clash; while the fixture comes too soon for Daniel Agger (foot).

"Finnan is injured - will have to check on him to see if he can play at the weekend," he added.

"Agger will need a little bit more time."

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