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RODGERS WON’T RULE OUT DEMBELE, HOPEFUL ON ROBERTS

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BRENDAN RODGERS is refusing to rule out crocked Moussa Dembele from his Scottish Cup Final plans.

The 32-goal striker limped out of the 2-0 semi-final triumph over Sevco Rangers at Hampden with a hamstring problem on Sunday

After scans 24 hours later, it looked as though the French Under-21 hitman would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, including the Scottish Cup showdown with Aberdeen on May 27.

Rodgers believes there is a chance of Dembele playing before the summer break, but is also adamant the close proximity of the Champions League qualifiers mean no risk can be taken.

He said yesterday: “We’re just going to assess that over the next two or three weeks. He was on the bike cycling today.

“Some players come back quicker than others. If we thought there was a huge risk, then, of course, you are only talking six or seven weeks before the first qualifier.

“So, we’ll assess it and always make the right judgement for the player.’

Rodgers remains unsure over Patrick Roberts’ availability for game against the Dons where the team could clinch the fourth treble in the club’s history.

The winger, whose loan deal from Manchester City expires this summer, is likely to be part of the England squad for the Under-20 World Cup Finals in South Korea. 

FIFA have confirmed clubs are under no obligation to release players for the tournament, but Rodgers said: “I think between Manchester City, ourselves and England we’ll find the solution for him.”

 
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