Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has revealed Steven Gerrard’s career may have been wrecked, were it not for the club’s medical staff.
The Anfield boss was full of praise for the medical team at Liverpool and credited them with stopping the condition becoming more serious.
Gerrard has been out since late October after he picked up an unusual ankle infection and Dalglish has admitted it could have been far worse.
“If it hadn't been dealt with quickly and properly it could have ended up more serious,” he told The People.
“But he got fantastic treatment and it's been sorted and solved. The credit goes to our medical people who identified it and reacted. It was unknown territory for us.”
Dalglish also said his club captain is not far off of a return to action and could feature at some point in the Christmas period.
The Scot also voiced his admiration for the mental resilience Gerrard has shown in what has been a frustrating recovery.
"When you consider what he has been through he has done unbelievably well,” added Dalglish
"But he has a strong character and that is reflected in coming through what he's been through.
"He is desperate to play but we need to manage it properly."