Les on way back?
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Glenn Hoddle has revealed that Les Ferdinand is the only player in the treatment room with a chance of playing at Anfield on Sunday.
And the bad news is that he does not expect the majority of the walking wounded to return before the end of the season.
That list now includes young prodigy Ledley King who was due to undergo scans on Thursday on a possible fractured cheekbone sustained in a nasty clash of heads with Kevin Kilbane at Sunderland on Saturday.
Les is recovering from a hamstring pull he sustained against Arsenal that has forced him out of our last three games.
Glenn said: “Les hasn’t really trained with the boys and we’ll have to see whether he can get through a couple of days training. It would be a little bit of a risk as well and whether or not we’re prepared to take that I don’t know.”
Steffen Iversen is the only player who might also return after being knocked out against Bradford City 10 days ago. Glenn said he was ‘still a little groggy’.
“It’s been a little bit frustrating and I can’t see anyone coming out of the treatment room apart from Les,” added Glenn.
“There is a lot of talent and experience in the treatment room and no-one can judge the squad at the moment — myself or anyone else outside the club. It’s not a true barometer.”
Just for the record, the injured list is as follows: Steffen Iversen (concussion), Ledley King (possible fractured cheekbone), Chris Perry (gashed knee), Steffen Freund (knee ligament), Sol Campbell (ankle), Darren Anderton (Achilles), Ben Thatcher (hip), Mauricio Taricco (groin), Chris Armstrong (groin), Les Ferdinand (hamstring).