Dalglish points out diagnostic difficulties

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said he was satisfied with his club's medical procedures, and said some conditions may be virtually undetectable.

"You only have 2 minutes left to play...."

"We are happy with what we do for the players," he said.

"Our players are scanned every two years and someone coming to the club on a transfer or a young boy at 17 is scanned immediately."

He pointed out that stricken Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was also checked recently but the problem was not detected showing the difficulty of detecting such medical problems. 

"I don't know how accurate the scanning is for everyone; Fabrice was also scanned - I'm led to believe four times - but you are not going to pick everything up and maybe he's been a little bit unfortunate.

"The encouraging thing is there has been positive news coming out, but he has a long way to go and he still needs the help and support and prayers of everyone in the footballing world to help him get over this.

He also had words of advice for the 23-year-old noting that life after the incident will be remarkably different from before. 

"It is encouraging for him but we have to be cautiously optimistic because I think there are going to be ups and downs for the boy.

"But most importantly he is moving in the right direction and is progressing but I think it will be slow."

The Football Association have also confirmed that Liverpool's FA Cup semi-final against either Everton or Sunderland at Wembley will be played on April 14, ensuring that the Reds will not have to play on the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The tragedy, which occurred at the Sheffield stadium on April 15, 1989 where Liverpool were up against Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final, claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool fans.

The second semi-final in the 2012 competition between Tottenham or Bolton and Chelsea will take place on Sunday, April 15.



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