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Loris Karius is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a broken hand but he will not rush his return to action.
Karius was injured when he collided with team-mate Dejan Lovren in Liverpool's pre-season friendly against Chelsea, forcing him to return early from the club's tour of the United States.
He underwent surgery shortly after his return but his recovery took a big step forward earlier this week when the wire support placed in his right hand was removed.
The 23-year-old is due to resume full training next week and he hopes to be in contention for a starting place sooner than expected.
"I had surgery on Wednesday, so now the wires have been removed that they put in four weeks ago. Now the fracture has healed, hopefully I can start training now and build it up," Karius told liverpoolfc.com.
"I don’t know if it is going to be a week or however long [before I am back in full training], I just need to see how it feels. But I can now start using my hands and catch balls. It’s up to me now, basically.
"We’re ahead of schedule because in total it’s been about five weeks [since the injury] I think, but I don’t want to rush it too much. Now I am in the last stages, I just want to feel good and confident about it, that it’s all done.
"I am not going to rush it because of two or three days, but if I feel good then maybe I will be back way sooner than expected."
Karius, who joined Liverpool in a £4.7million deal from Mainz and is expected to challenge Simon Mignolet for goalkeeper's position, admits to being frustrated at missing the start of the season through injury.
“It was frustrating in the beginning [to get the injury], but there is nothing you can change about it – life goes on,” Karius explained.
"It could have been way worse. Injuries are always bad, but the amount of time it took me to get to this stage is OK.
"I’ve missed three games so far and it’s almost more intense to watch them on TV than when you’re on the field! But I hope I can feature soon.
"I’m not jumping around when I’m watching, but it’s not so easy to watch when you want to help. You can’t help it and from outside you feel a bit more nervous, I guess, because obviously you want the lads to win.
"I haven’t experienced not being in the game for a long time, so it’s a new, new experience again for me.
"We’ve done alright so far and we were unlucky in the last game, I think we deserved a win there. Now there are more big games coming up and it’s going to be exciting."
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