Dalglish: No need to rush Gerrard

The talismanic midfielder returned to full training this week

having recovered from a groin operation on March 10 which forced

him to miss three matches, one in the Premier League and two in

Europe – where he rarely featured this season any way. Earlier this

week Gerrard said he hoped to be available for selection for

Saturday’s trip to West Brom to face former boss Roy Hodgson.

However, Dalglish is wary of of rushing back one of his more

influential players when there will be seven other

equally-important matches to follow in Liverpool’s run-in as they

seek to reel in fifth-placed Tottenham in order to qualify for

Europe. “We’ll have a look. 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,” said the Scot. “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 is mixed news on the injury front for Dalglish

as, although all his players returned from international duty

relatively unscathed, defender Martin Kelly has suffered a setback

in his recovery from a hamstring strain sustained at West Ham in

late February. Fabio Aurelio’s return from a similar problem was

delayed slightly by an unconnected injury but he should be back

with the full squad by the end of the week. Full-back 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 okay,” said Dalglish. “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.”