Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher expects to be fit for their Carling Cup quarterfinal with Chelsea.

Carragher was yesterday given the all clear to return to training next week after completing his rehabilitation from a calf injury.

He will not be rushed back into action, but is on course to make the Manchester City game in two weeks' time and the cup encounter at Stamford Bridge 48 hours later.

It will offer manager Kenny Dalglish much needed strength in the centre of defence, and allow him to make a more experienced selection, as he looks to field as strong a side as possible in pursuit of a semi final spot.