Steven Gerrard injury boost for Liverpool

Rodgers says skipper could return earlier than initially expected.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Steven Gerrard’s hamstring injury is not quite as bad as first thought, and said the skipper could return in a month.

Gerrard suffered the injury in last weekend’s 4-1 win over West Ham United, and was initially expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks.

However, Rodgers told Liverpool’s official website on Friday that Gerrard will go through ‘extensive treatment’ in an effort to return as quickly as possible.

Rodgers said: “Steven is, as reported, probably going to be up to about four weeks or so.

“So he’ll go through an extensive treatment programme over the next numbers of weeks and hopefully we can get him back that little bit sooner.

“But certainly at this stage, it was a four to six-week injury and we'll see how we look with that.”

While that may be good news for Liverpool, they will still be without Gerrard for the games which could ultimately shape their title challenge – starting with Sunday’s visit to Tottenham Hotspur.

Gerrard will also miss the trips to ManchesterCity and Chelsea, as well as the home game against HullCity and the visit to HullCity.

If Rodgers’ estimate is accurate, then the captain could return for the home match with Aston Villa on January 18, and will almost certainly make the Merseyside derby 10 days later.

Fellow midfielder Jordan Henderson is expected to play against Spurs, after recovering from an ankle injury he suffered after a challenge by West Ham’s Kevin Nolan.

image: © Ben Sutherland

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