Thursday 23 November 2017

Kuyt poised to make shock return against Chelsea

Dirk Kuyt. Photo: Getty Images
Dirk Kuyt. Photo: Getty Images

Jeremy Wilson

Dirk Kuyt could make a shock return for Liverpool against Chelsea a week on Sunday after making what Roy Hodgson has called an "incredible" recovery from his ankle ligament injury.

The damage was sustained during Holland's match against Sweden on Oct 12 and, although initial fears that Kuyt could miss the entire season quickly subsided, his rehabilitation was still expected to take at least a month.



"Dirk Kuyt is making incredible progress," said Hodgson. "He shouldn't be as far advanced as he is with his ankle but he's looking good. I don't think he'll be fit for the weekend [Bolton away] but maybe the weekend after. With Glen Johnson it will be touch and go for the weekend."



Chelsea's Frank Lampard is also expected to be available for the Liverpool match following his return to training this week after groin surgery.



Lampard is unlikely to be risked against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, but is hoping to at least play some part of the Champions League match against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.



Chelsea were visited at their Cobham training ground on Thursday by Guus Hiddink, their 2009 FA Cup-winning manager. "I'm very impressed by the way they've performed this year and last year – it is very stable and it's good to see," said Hiddink.



The Dutchman was popular among the Chelsea players and is a long-time friend of Ancelotti, his successor as manager. "What I tried to do was to stabilise the performances, it was up and down, good and bad, but I tried to do it in a short time," said Hiddink. "I'm proud of that and that we achieved."

Telegraph.co.uk

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