Dalglish wary of Gerrard risk
Kenny Dalglish insists Liverpool star Steven Gerrard will not be rushed back into first-team action.
Last Updated: 31/03/11 4:39pm
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish insists captain Steven Gerrard will not be rushed back into first-team action.
The 30-year-old midfielder returned to full training this week following a groin operation on 10th March, which has ruled him out of Liverpool's last three matches.
The England international hopes to be available for Saturday's trip to West Brom but Dalglish is reluctant to bring him back so soon.
Academy product Jay Spearing impressed in the 2-0 win at Sunderland last time out and Dalglish is wary of Gerrard getting injured again for the run-in, when the Reds will aim to catch fifth-placed Tottenham in order to qualify for Europe.
"We'll have a look," said the Reds boss. "He's recovered really well from the surgery he had so we'll see how he is before we decide whether he's in or out.
"He's certainly done a lot of training this week - not all the training the other lads have done, but a lot of it.
"But two weekends ago at Sunderland, Jay Spearing played really well. There is no need for us to be in a rush to bring Steven back."
There are also doubts over Martin Kelly and Fabio Aurelio, who have both suffered minor setbacks as they try to recover from hamstring strains.
Glen Johnson has a slight Achilles problem but midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has returned from knee surgery earlier than anticipated.
"Everyone has come back from international matches OK," Dalglish confirmed.
"Martin Kelly picked up an injury while he was trying to recuperate, a wee recurrence in the same area.
"Fabio Aurelio has had a setback as well but it isn't the same injury and he should be training before the end of the week, while Jonjo Shelvey is back training."