LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish has insisted there is nothing "sinister" in Steven Gerrard's latest fitness problem and his captain is progressing well.
The 31-year-old missed last weekend's win at West Brom and has been ruled out of Saturday's visit of Swansea and England's two |forthcoming friendlies because of an ankle infection.
Pictures of Gerrard leaving hospital on Sunday on crutches with his right leg in a protective cast led to much speculation about the extent of the problem and what procedure he had actually undergone.
However, Dalglish dismissed the conspiracy theories.
“Since they have found the infection he has progressed extremely well and everything is positive for him,” said the Scot.
“We found the infection but I suppose it is a bit like flu - you know you've got it but you don't know where it came from.
“But it is responding really well so that is positive for him. There's nothing more sinister either.”
Dalglish, meanwhile, has reiterated his desire to have the investigation into alleged racism by Luis Suarez concluded as quickly as possible.
It is now almost three weeks since Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claimed the Uruguay international racially abused him a number of times in the 1-1 draw at Anfield.
Suarez, fully supported by the club, has vigorously denied the allegations.
The English Football Association are looking into the matter and have now spoken to both sides.
But with a lack of television footage to back up Evra's claims the governing body are looking for further evidence.
Dalglish wants the matter wrapped up as soon as possible. “The FA have been here and spoken to us,” said Dalglish. “Our philosophy and desire has not changed whatsoever - we want it resolved as quickly as it possibly can be and want the perpetrator punished.”