Whilst this weekend will come too early for Steven Gerrard to make his comeback from injury regardless, Liverpool are hopeful that a new injury scare will prove insignificant and that their talismanic captain can return on December 11 to face Newcastle.
Gerrard, who hasn’t played a first team match since controversially playing on in England’s friendly with France, only to pull up injured, had expressed concerns over feeling a tweak, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Roy Hodgson assuaged any fears that the tweak would prolong the England international’s absence. “He did say he felt he had tweaked something,” he admitted. “But the medical people have had a look at him and said it was nothing.”
Pacheco gets new deal.
Martin Kelly and Daniel Pacheco have signed long-term deals which contract them to Liverpool until 2014, skysports.com reports.
For Kelly, the deal comes as rich reward for a breakthrough season at Anfield, during which he has emerged as a serious contender for Glen Johnson’s right-back spot – particularly impressing on his full debut in the defeat of Chelsea.
Pacheco’s contract renewal comes as something more of a surprise. The Spaniard signed from Barcelona in 2007 and was initially touted as a hot prospect; the hype intensifying as he played a starring role in Spain’s UEFA European under-19 Championship victory. However speculation over recent weeks concerning his inability to make the first-team at Afield has linked him with a move back to his homeland. The new contract will assuage any such fears Liverpool fans have.
Cole denies lack of confidence.
Joe Cole refuted suggestions that he is suffering from a lack of confidence because of the stop-start nature of his fledgling Liverpool career. “I am happy with everything at Liverpool,” he told skysports.com. “I just have to stay fit and keep playing well.”
“No footballer likes being injured, it is a pain, but you have to keep going and keep working hard,” he admitted. Whilst the recent injury seems to have been a cause for disappointment, there is nothing wrong with that. Aside from his array of skills rarely found in English footballers, Cole’s enthusiasm for the game has also endeared him to English football fans. In spite of injury, his comments show that the enthusiasm still remains.