Gerrard in fitness race for Wigan clash

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish remains optimistic that he will have Steven Gerrard available for selection for this Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Wigan Athletic.

Gerrard was forced to withdraw from international duty this week, missing England’s 2-1 victory over Denmark in Copenhagen after picking up a slight groin injury during the Reds’ 1-0 victory at Chelsea on Sunday.

But Dalglish hopes to have the skipper back for the Wigan game at Anfield this Saturday afternoon.

“It’s only Thursday so we will find out as we get nearer to the weekend,” Dalglish told press this morning.

“Obviously we hope he will be. He’s having treatment.”

Elsewhere, there are no fresh injuries to Liverpool players from the international break.

Dalglish added, “At the moment there is nobody that we know of that is coming back from international duty with any injury problems.

“Martin Skrtel travelled and then came back home. We’ll have to assess him as well.

“Obviously Joe Cole, who wasn’t involved, could be training today as well.

“We might not be too bad for bodies but as I say, we are not training until later on and we won’t know until then, when everyone reports back.”

Jonjo Shelvey missed the England U-19’s game with Germany with a knee problem. He looks set to miss the weekend’s fixture.