Newcastle have been handed some much-needed good news after club physio Derek Wright revealed James Milner's foot is not broken.
However, scans have revealed only heavy bruising, meaning he could return for The Magpies' clash with Birmingham a week on Monday.
Magpies physio Derek Wright confirmed: "James had an X-ray at Anfield and fortunately this showed there was no break and there is no damage to the metatarsal.
"But his foot is badly bruised and he will have a scan in the next 48 hours which will give us a more subtle investigation.
"We put him on crutches to go home to Newcastle so there was no weight on the injury, but he has always been a quick healer and he always has the desire to play.
"And while injuries of this type can keep some players out for a couple of weeks, we are hoping he will be okay for Birmingham next Monday night.''