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Benitez fears Babel Olympic call

Ryan Babel
Babel suffered the ankle injury while training with Holland ahead of Euro 2008

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez fears that winger Ryan Babel could be called up by the Netherlands for the Olympics soon after recovering from an ankle injury.

The problem saw Babel miss Euro 2008 and Benitez said he wanted a fully-fit player available for the season ahead.

"We're really worried because after getting him fit it's likely we could lose him again if he's selected for the Olympics," said Benitez.

"It's a big problem. We prepare him and then he goes with the national team."

Babel is back in training, and Benitez said he was expecting the 21-year-old to make a major impact in his second season in English football.

"We're pleased that Ryan is coming back to training because he's an important player for us," said Benitez.

"He has worked hard to recover from the injury he suffered with Holland.

"In his first season he was settling in but now we're looking for him to give something from the start.

"So it is really important for him to start working with his team."

see also
Babel could recover in five weeks
02 Jun 08 |  Netherlands
Liverpool complete Babel transfer
13 Jul 07 |  Liverpool

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