Hodgson plays down Gerrard return

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson has played down the chances of Steven Gerrard making a comeback from his hamstring injury in Saturday's match against Fulham.

The 63-year-old admitted on Tuesday that his captain's return was "touch and go". And he does not yet know whether Gerrard will have recovered sufficiently to be able to play his first match since tearing a hamstring on England duty on November 17.

"He is training hard, he trains every day and there are no days off for Steven. He is desperate to get back but, with my recent history of saying things and not getting them right, I should be extremely cagey and say I have no idea if he will be there or not," said Hodgson.

"There will be no more bold statements from me on any player, at least for the foreseeable future."

Hodgson has had to defend himself against accusations he allows the club's medical team to have too great an influence over his team selection.

But he admits sometimes he has to defer to their specialist opinion.

"Whenever we, old fashioned football coaches that we are, see a player bombing up and down in straight lines, running without any problems and looking as fit as a fiddle we immediately think he can be thrust into the next game," he added.

"They are a bit more scientific in their approach."

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