Agger close to return

But Benitez insists he will not take any risks with the Dane’s fitness.

“(Fabio) Aurelio is now ready for a comeback, (Javier) Mascherano is also over his problem while Danny Agger is very close to a return and (Alberto) Aquilani is also getting close to being involved in full training,” said Benitez.

“When the majority of our squad are fit, we can manage games with more confidence.

“Agger is a risk, he could play now, but he has been out for a long time and we have to be careful with him. But I believe that next week he could be available.”