Cole set to return for Reds against Udinese

Joe Cole is set for a return to first team action. Photo: PA

Joe Cole could make his first-team return after a hamstring injury in the Europa League clash with Udinese at Anfield.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will also be able to call on midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

Shelvey, who scored twice as a substitute in the Reds' Group A opener against Young Boys a fortnight ago, is serving a domestic suspension following his sending off in the Barclays Premier League defeat to Manchester United, but is still available to play in European games.

However, the match looks to have come too soon for Jose Enrique (knee), while Martin Kelly (knee) and Lucas Leiva (thigh) who all remain sidelined.

Provisional squad: Reina, Jones, Gulacsi, Johnson, Agger, Coates, Wilson, Carragher, Skrtel, Wisdom, Robinson, Sahin, Gerrard, Cole, Henderson, Downing, Allen, Sterling, Shelvey, Suarez, Assaidi, Pacheco, Borini, Suso, Yesil, Morgan.

Watch live coverage of Panathinaikos v Tottenham followed by Liverpool v Udinese in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday 4th October. Coverage of the double-header kicks off at 6pm.