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Nov, 24, 2011

No return date for Gerrard

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has again insisted he will set no return date for injured captain Steven Gerrard - but reiterated that he is happy with his progress.

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The club announced on November 1 that Gerrard was undergoing treatment for an ankle infection after he was pictured with a protective plaster cast over his right foot. He suffered a cut to the ankle in training which became infected.

Gerrard had only recently returned from a groin problem that kept him out of action for six months.

It was suggested in a statement released by the club that he could return after the international break, but he was not in the squad for the win at Chelsea. And Dalglish revealed that Gerrard will not be rushed back as it approaches a month since he was sidelined.

Dalglish said on Thursday ahead of the weekend meeting with Man City: "Like we've already said, we are delighted with the progress he's making and we've said that we won't put a date on his return - and we won't put a date on it now. We are very happy with his progress. Everyone is available (for Sunday) apart from Steven and Jack Robinson."

Meanwhile, Dalglish is yet to hear from Lille about any potential deal to make Joe Cole's loan spell permanent.

The French side's president Michel Seydoux said they could make the 30-year-old an "interesting offer'' to keep him full-time. But Dalglish knows of no negotiations between the clubs as yet aimed at making that happen.

"He has never spoken to me. I don't know anything about it,'' said the Scot. "I know they won 2-0 (against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League) and the lad hit the post and is playing well - but he's been playing well most of the time.

"It is great for Joe he is doing so well but beyond that I don't know of anything that has happened.''

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