Liverpool Will Not Rush Steve Gerrard Back From Injury

Anfield hero’s return will be taken slowly.

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Liverpool will not rush captain Steven Gerrard back from injury with the club insisting they will take a common sense approach.

The 31-year-old injured his groin six months ago and underwent before suffering an infection in his  rehabilitation during pre-season.

The England international is unlikely to face Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday but could make his first appearance in the Carling Cup tie at Brighton on Wednesday.

His presence has not been missed as much as it would have been in previous campaigns, mainly thanks to a significant summer recruitment drive.

And manager Kenny Dalglish knows there is no point in bringing him back before he is fully ready with the risk of problems recurring further down the line.

“Steven is progressing very well, Martin Kelly is back training and Fabio (Aurelio) is close to coming back to joining us also,” Dalglish said.

“We will pick and choose when it is best suited for Steven, whichever games suits him best.

“We will analyse his recovery and how the progress is; we will do the same for Martin Kelly as we will do for Steven.

“We will just see what is right for Steven. There is no rush from us or from him because it has to be common sense.

“Everyone who is asked to play will be fit enough to play.”

Dalglish’s only real injury concern is defender Glen Johnson, who made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Stoke on Saturday.

But the 27-year-old suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem which he sustained in the Reds’ final friendly at home to Valencia over a month ago.

Suggestions are the England defender could be out for another four weeks but Dalglish said they are waiting for medical reports to determine the extent of the injury.

“We’ve only got Glen Johnson (injured) really. We are just waiting for some tests to come back and wait for the results,” he added.

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