Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been ruled out of Saturday’s trip to Newcastle.
Gerrard is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury he controversially suffered while playing for England.
Last week the club’s head of sports medicine Dr. Peter Brukner told the official website “He’s certainly looking good to play the Newcastle game, which has been our target all along.”
Today, manager Roy Hodgson said “I don’t know where those stories came from that Gerrard would be fit for Newcastle.”
“We’ve always been thinking more that we hope he’ll be fit to face Fulham the following week. It would’ve been much too early for him to even consider him for Newcastle.
“He is making very good progress so we’re happy with that, but Newcastle was an unrealistic target.”
Confused? Evidently so is Roy. Maybe he should get online and read what his staff are saying.
The other half of the Reds’ dynamic duo will return against The Magpies though. Fernando Torres missed Monday’s win over Aston Villa due to his wife going into labour that day and giving birth shortly before kick-off.
Meanwhile, Hodgson is hopeful centre back Danny Agger may also be available the following week against Fulham. He said “Agger is much better and working very, very hard. He’s really pushing himself beyond what we could expect him to do. His attitude to getting back is first class.”
Newcastle today appointed Alan Pardew as manager. On a five-and-half-year deal. Expect a raucous welcome for him on Saturday!