Dalglish positive about Gerrard recovery

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Kenny Dalglish says Steven Gerrard is 'progressing brilliantly' in his bid to overcome an ankle problem, but the Liverpool boss was not prepared to put a date on the expected recovery of his captain.

Gerrard has made only five appearances for the Reds since March owing, in the main, to persistent setbacks relating to an ongoing groin problem.

However, the 31-year-old is currently sidelined with an ankle infection and has been forced to wear a protective cast on the area in question.

Dalglish, though, has been encouraged by the progress Gerrard has made thus far, and says the Liverpool midfielder will return when he is ready.

"Steven is progressing brilliantly," Dalglish said. "There is nothing that's been a disappointment other than he's not been available for selection

"He'll be available as and when he's over what he's got but everything's going really well. We couldn't ask for more or any greater news from him."

Meanwhile, Dalglish has confirmed that Jamie Carragher is in contention to face Chelsea on Sunday at Stamford Bridge.

The Anfield stalwart missed the Reds' last outing in the Barclays Premier League against Swansea due to an calf problem.

"Carra is training," Dalglish added. "He's got rid of his calf injury so he's fit and available for selection."

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