Xabi hopeful for Cardiff

Fears that Xabi Alonso’s summer was in ruins are lifting quickly after a scan revealed that his ankle injury was less serious than it seemed on Sunday. Xabi fell awkwardly during the final Premiership game of the season, Liverpool’s 3-1 over Portsmouth, and had to be stretchered off. Xabi is not one to go down for nothing, he played on with a broken ankle against Chelsea once after being clattered by Lampard, so the sight of him being carried away caused worries for all Reds.

The scan showed he had sustained ankle ligament damage, but that with some treatment he should be fit and available for the FA Cup final on Saturday against West Ham. After that comes the World Cup, when Liverpool fans are hoping to see him in action for the Spanish national side alongside three Liverpool team-mates.

Xabi himself is very confident he’ll be fit, but is not going to raise his hopes too high, just in case: “I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. I’m feeling very positive about my chances of being fit for Saturday, so I’ll try to stay calm and wait. When it happened I was very worried but now I feel more optimistic.”