Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard could return for Hull clash

Reuters| Updated: Dec 31, 2013, 13:16 PM IST

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is close to a return to action following injury and could feature in their English Premier League clash at home to Hull City on Wednesday, manager Brendan Rodgers said.

The 33-year-old England midfielder hurt his hamstring in the 4-1 win over West Ham United on December 7 and his impending return is a welcome boost for Rodgers, whose side has been hit by a raft of injuries.

"Steven has rejoined training so we`ll see how he is for Hull," Rodgers said at a news conference on Monday.

"We will assess that over the next 24 hours," he added when asked if he would feature.

Liverpool are fifth in the table following a 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Sunday which was compounded by injuries to midfielder Joe Allen and defender Mamadou Sakho.

"Joe will probably be a few weeks with an abductor strain. Sakho, we`re just waiting for confirmation on his hamstring strain. Glen Johnson came off but that was tactical and wasn`t injury enforced," said Rodgers.

"Jordan Henderson is fine. He`s on his first day of recovery today. He`s still sore, but he`s a real soldier and should be fine.

"There were one or two other niggles that we`ll just assess in the next 24 hours.

Buoyed by the stand-out form of striker Luis Suarez, Rodgers had steered Liverpool to the top of the table at Christmas before dropping six points back of leaders Arsenal following the 2-1 losses at Manchester City and Chelsea.

The fixtures are kinder for Liverpool, though, over the next few weeks starting with Hull, who they lost 3-1 to on December 1, before a home FA Cup third round tie against Oldham Athletic.

They then travel to take on Stoke City on January 12, a fixture Rodgers hoped would see the return of striker Daniel Sturridge and defenders Jose Enrique and Jon Flanagan.

"I would think that probably by the Stoke game we`ll have a number of the others who`ll not be too far away," said the former Swansea City, Reading and Watford boss, who is midway through his second season in charge.

"It`s just been unfortunate. The medical team aligned with our training philosophy have meant the players have been fit for the majority of the time I`ve been here.

"It`s just really in this last period of four or five weeks, which have unfortunately dealt us a big blow in the squad."