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Liverpool midfielder Allen close to full fitness

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he's close to full fitness.

The 23-year-old suffered a hamstring injury when Notts County visited Anfield in the Capital One Cup in August and has been restricted to a watching brief ever since.

He told "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."

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