Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gerrard in anxious wait

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard must wait another week before determining when he can step up rehabilitation from his latest injury, WRITES CHRIS BASCOMBE.

Gerrard has missed the last three Liverpool fixtures with an ankle infection, as well as sitting out the recent England internationals.

His club initially stated he would be reassessed after the international break, but it's clear he is still not close to a return to action.

He certainly will not be available for the next three crucial games -- against Chelsea in the Premier League and Carling Cup, as well as Manchester City's Premier League visit to Anfield on Sunday week.

Gerrard will have protective bandaging on his ankle removed at the end of next week, when another diagnosis can be made as to how long he will be missing.

Fears he will be out for a key period of Liverpool's season have proven sadly prophetic, and it will be considered a positive outcome if he is back in action next month.

Manager Kenny Dalglish insists the midfielder is "progressing well" in his recovery and the club has been loath to place any timescale on his recovery.

However, it remains an anxious time for the captain as he tries to establish precisely how and why the injury flared up so badly following a seemingly innocuous training-ground knock. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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