Kuyt could make swift Reds return

The 30-year-old sustained the problem on international duty just

over a fortnight ago and was expected to be out of action for a

month. However, manager Roy Hodgson believes the Dutchman could be

selected in Saturday’s squad to face Sunderland or feature on next

week’s Europa League trip to Kuyt’s former club Utrecht. “Dirk has

trained the last couple of days,” said Hodgson. “We’re trying to

protect him a little bit but he’s made a remarkable recovery, so

it’ll be interesting to see how he progresses on Wednesday,

Thursday and Friday in relation to Saturday’s game and the game

next Thursday. “We thought three to five weeks, so we’re at the

quick end of the scale.”