Hodgson refusing to rush Aurelio

Aurelio has been out of action since picking up an Achilles injury

in last month’s win over Trabzonspor in the Europa League. The

Brazilian, who rejoined the club in the summer after initially

being released, has struggled for fitness during his time at

Anfield. With Paul Konchesky also facing a spell on the sidelines,

Hodgson finds himself short of options at left-back with Daniel

Agger being forced to fill in. However, Hodgson does not want to

take any risks with Aurelio’s fitness given his injury problems

over the last few seasons. “Where Fabio Aurelio is concerned,

caution and prudence have to be the words that we use,” said

Hodgson. “He is progressing all the time and his efforts are very

commendable but we can’t bring him back too early. “We took him off

against Trabzonspor as a precautionary measure, as we didn’t want

to run the risk of him sustaining a serious problem.”