Roy Hodgson boosted by Dirk Kuyt verdict

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Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson is relieved that Dirk Kuyt's ankle injury has proved to be far less serious than was first feared, with the Dutch forward set to be back in action within a month.

The 30-year-old forward was injured during the Netherlands' Euro 2012 qualifier against Sweden on Tuesday evening, amid fears that he could be sidelined for a lengthy period.

However, after the injury was looked at by the Reds' medical staff, Hodgson told reporters:"The initial rumours coming out of Holland were that it was going to be a really long injury, maybe months.

"But our doctor and our sports science people are much more optimistic. They think it is more likely to be one month – or if we are lucky three weeks.

"He seriously twisted his ankle with ligament damage and we are going to miss him for some matches that's for sure.

"He does recover very quickly and the thing about Dirk is that he is always anxious to get back on the football field.

"If it can be done in three weeks it will be three. If it can be two he'll do it in two, but we are looking at a lay-off.

"It's disappointing because it is the second time he has gone away with the national team and come back and missed weeks for us."

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