By Brian Lee
Liverpool have been handed some good news after Glen Johnson revealed his injury is not as bad as they initially thought.
Johnson injured his ankle in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United and there were fears he could be out until Christmas after the defender left Anfield on crutches.
Liverpool physios have been made to wait for detailed results from a scan as his ankle was severely swollen.
Crunch point: Glen Johnson injured his ankle in this collision with United defender Patrice Evra
Liverpool's forthcoming fixtures
v Swansea (A) Sept 16
v Southampton (H) Sept 21
v Man United (A) Sept 25
v Sunderland (A) Sept 29
v Crystal Palace (H) Oct 5
v Newcastle (A) Oct 19
v West Brom (H) Oct 26
v Arsenal (A) Nov 2
v Fulham (H) Nov 9
v Everton (A) Nov 23
v Hull (A) Dec 1
v Norwich (H) Dec 4
v West Ham (H) Dec 7
v Tottenham (A) Dec 15
v Cardiff (H) Dec 21
Johnson was on Twitter on Thursday morning to say: 'Injury doesn't seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected. Thank you everyone for the 'Get well' messages.'
He missed the England World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Daniel Sturridge also missed the England games with a thigh strain and Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is sweating on the striker's fitness.
Rodgers will be desperate for him to return as Sturridge has scored five goals this season, with three in the Barclays Premier League and two in the Capital One Cup against Notts County.
The forward, who has scored nine in his last eight games in the Premier League, aggravated the injury against United.
Liverpool lead the top flight as the only team with a 100 per cent record and are next in action at Swansea on Monday night.
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