Last Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:20
Liverpool's Welsh international midfielder Joe Allen is hoping he will be fit enough to play against Newcastle United.
The Reds midfielder has been out of action since August with a hamstring injury but he claims he is now almost fit and ready for action and hopes to play against the Magpies next week.
Allen is not fit enough to take part in Friday's game against Macedonia, where Wales will strive to avoid staying bottom of their World Cup group, but he hopes to face Alan Pardew's men.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: "I'm almost there, basically. The plan is to get back into training, get a good few days leading up to the Newcastle game and hopefully I'll be available for selection from there on.
"It has been a bit of a frustrating time - it always is when you're injured - but I'm finally getting there. It was the one I had in the back of my mind anyway, so it has worked out quite nicely in that sense.
"I was disappointed. I thought I would get back for the Wales games but unfortunately they just came a bit soon. But it has meant that I got a bit of extra rehab leading up to that game. I have been able to get ready.
"With the timing of the injury, I hadn't really got into the swing of things. This is a fresh start to the season for me personally. It is great to come back with the team doing so well."
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