Steven Gerrard's Injury Angers Roy Hodgson

Steven Gerrard

Roy Hodgson said he was 'a little bit angry' at the hamstring injury picked up by Liverpool Captain, Steven Gerrard, while on international duty with England.

Gerrard faces up to four weeks on the sidelines with the problem picked up during England's friendly with France on Wednesday.

There is a debate about players who are injured representing their country.

Hodgson and Gerrard want to diffuse any club versus country rows, saying, "My thoughts are on Steven Gerrard that obviously as Liverpool manager I'm frustrated and disappointed to lose such an important player for such a long period of time after a friendly game," he admitted.

"Anything I say other than that I'm disappointed and even a little bit angry about it would be dishonest, but I know that Steven is very anxious to put a tin lid on this matter.

"He's anxious to make it clear that he's disappointed and sad too, but he's going to everything he can to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible.

"As far as I'm concerned, I don't want to add to anything that's been said or is being said and will prefer to keep my statement to this very simple one."

Liverpool will meet with the Football Association to discuss a compensation package, believed to be in the region of £500,000.

"I don't want to discuss it any more. I don't expect apologies from anybody. I've said what I've got to say on the subject and as far as I'm concerned I'm not prepared to add any fuel to the fire of the debate that has been raging. My main concern is with Liverpool Football Club and the match with West Ham tomorrow, and in particular Steven Gerrard. Steven Gerrard is anxious that this matter is put behind him and everybody, and very anxious himself not to prolong the discussion."

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