After seven months on the treatment table due to a groin operation, the England international returned to fitness at Anfield and scored against Manchester United in his first match back in the Reds’ starting line-up last month.
However, the midfielder picked up a new knock in training last week, and missed Liverpool’s 2-0 win over West Brom at the weekend.
It has been revealed that Gerrard’s ankle injury has become infected, and that he will miss a number of weeks of action.
“Steven Gerrard has now undergone treatment to clear out all infection from his right ankle, which has been placed in a protective plaster cast,” a statement on the club’s official website reads.
“The player will not be available for this weekend’s game against Swansea City or for the upcoming England friendlies against Spain and Sweden.
“Steven will now continue his rehabilitation programme under the guidance of the club’s medical staff,” it concluded.
The 31-year-old will be frustrated by the setback, and it will be a blow for Liverpool in their ambitions to finish in the top four.
By Gareth McKnight