Dirk Kuyt is on course to return sooner than expected for Liverpool from a shoulder injury. The 30-year-old sustained the problem on international duty just over a fortnight ago and was expected to be out of action for a month.
"Dirk has trained the last couple of days," said Hodgson.
"We're trying to protect him a little bit but he's made a remarkable recovery, so it'll be interesting to see how he progresses on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in relation to Saturday's game and the game next Thursday.
"We thought three to five weeks, so we're at the quick end of the scale."