Full back Jose Enrique will miss the Reds Europa League fixture against Hearts as manager Brendan Rodgers prepares to field a much-changed side.
The 26 year old was absent for last Saturday’s 3-0 Premier League defeat at West Brom due to a knee injury, which he picked up in training.
“He had a couple of scans which didn’t show a great deal but he’s still in pain,” said Rodgers.
“The last day or two he has improved dramatically. Obviously not enough to be involved on Thursday night, but we’re hoping that by the weekend he’ll be fit and available.”
Rodgers also admits he could give a chance to several of the younger players who impressed during the North American tour.
Skipper Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Martin Skrtel and Glen Johnson will stay behind as Rodgers plans to rest a number of key players ahead of the crunch tie against Manchester City.
It’s a chance for me to see the young players,” Rodgers told a press conference at Tynecastle.
“Raheem Sterling has come in and showed up very, very well over the course of pre-season. Jack has obviously been limited with the game time he’s been able to get, but this is a chance.
“We want to do well, but this competition is also a great opportunity for me to see the young players, mixed in with some of the experienced players.
“It’s a young group but I’ve got some strong, experienced players, international captains, Champions League winners – it’s still a strong enough team.”
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