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Steven Gerrard injury leaves Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson raging

19 Nov 2010 15:07:45

Steven Gerrard injury leaves Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson raging

Blow: Gerrard limps out of England's friendly against France Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson admits he is 'disappointed and a little bit angry' about Steven Gerrard's injury sustained on England duty. However, he has stressed both he and the player, who is out for three to four weeks with a hamstring tear, are keen to put the matter behind them and concentrate on getting the midfielder back to full fitness. The 30-year-old was due to play an hour in Wednesday's friendly against France but ended up playing 85 minutes before succumbing to injury. 'As Liverpool manager I am frustrated and disappointed to lose such an important player for such a long period of time,' said Hodgson. 'Anything I say - other than I am disappointed and even a little bit angry about it - would be dishonest. But I know Steven, as an important player for club and country, is keen to put a tin lid on the matter. 'He is disappointed and sad too but he is going to do everything he can to get back to fitness as quickly as possible.' After Wednesday's match England coach Fabio Capello said he would speak to Hodgson but was not going to apologise. That phone call has not yet been made but the Liverpool boss is not too concerned. 'I don't expect apologies from anyone and I'm not prepared to add any fuel to the fire,' he said. 'My main concern is with Liverpool Football Club, the match against West Ham tomorrow and in particular with Steven Gerrard. Captain fantastic: Gerrard (right) gets stuck into Chelsea midfielder Ramires Roy's rage: Boss Hodgson 'He is anxious for it to be put behind him and everyone and not to prolong the discussion.' The FA have confirmed their insurers will pay compensation to Liverpool - estimated at £500,000 - over the injury. Gerrard, who earns £120,000 a week, will be out for the games against West Ham United, Tottenham, Steaua Bucharest, Aston Villa and possibly Newcastle United. The FA have been anxious to point out the cash will not come directly from them but an insurance scheme that has been set up, which has already paid out to Arsenal and Tottenham for injuries sustained by Theo Walcott and Jermain Defoe on international duty this season. Michael Owen was the subject of one of the more expensive claims when he was injured on World Cup duty in 2006. The FA are one of the few national associations who run such an insurance scheme. Wednesday night's opponents France do not for instance, whilst many smaller nations simply could not afford the premiums to cover their star players.  We can cope without Gerrard! Carra calls for struggling Liverpool to step upGerrard agony! £500k bill for FA as injured Liverpool captain is ruled out for a month Ex-Liverpool owner Gillett to be sued for 'not paying back £73m' to lenderAll the latest Premier League team news ahead of the weekendLIVERPOOL FC


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