Thursday, December 15, 2011

Dalglish coy on skipper return

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will not be drawn into a debate on when the club’s star midfielder Steven Gerrard will return to action.

The Reds captain has been on the sidelines since October with a nasty ankle infection and his side have missed his influence in the middle of the park.

With the loss of Brazil international Lucas for the rest of the Premier League campaign, there is even more anticipation surrounding Gerrard’s return. Those looking at the Premier League betting predictions should remember this.

The England international has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and came through two groin operations before he picked up the ankle problem earlier in the campaign. People who bet on Premier League weekend games should bear this in mind.

Gerrard is nearing a return and could possible feature in Liverpool’s next Premier League outing, when they face Aston Villa on Sunday.

However Dalglish will not put a date on when his skipper will make his comeback or whether he will make an appearance at Villa Park this weekend.

The Scottish boss said: "Steven is progressing and training really well. Everybody is delighted with his progress, so that is positive as well.

"We'll wait and see [if he's available for Villa]. We won't set any targets for Sunday that we won't reach. When he's ready he'll be ready.

"It's fantastic for him that he's progressing as well as he is and great for us as well."

The Reds are currently sixth in the Premier League table and will be determined to keep in touching distance on the top four with a win against Villa this weekend.

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