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Medics may have saved Gerrard's career - Dalglish

ESPN staff
December 18, 2011
Liverpool's medical staff have been given the thumbs up for their treatment of Steven Gerrard © Getty Images

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the club's medical staff may have saved Steven Gerrard's career by quickly identifying the extent of his ankle infection.

Club captain Gerrard has been sidelined for over six weeks as a result of the problem, picked up just a month after he recovered from a groin injury that kept him out of the early part of the season.

Set to resume full training next week ahead of a return to first-team action at the start of next month, Dalglish believes Gerrard could have been out for a lot longer had the club's medical staff not been so sharp in their diagnosis and treatment of a rare problem.

"If it hadn't been dealt with quickly and properly it could have ended up more serious," Dalglish 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 believes Gerrard's mental strength has been a key factor in his ability to recover from such setbacks and resume performing at the highest level.

He added: "When you consider what he has been through he has done unbelievably well. 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."

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