Gerrard set for month absence


Liverpool have confirmed club captain Steven Gerrard will be out of action for around a month after he sustained a hamstring problem during England's 2-1 friendly loss against France at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

The midfield talisman was forced out of the action five minutes from time in the capital and the Anfield medical team have suggested the injury will require a rest period of between three and four weeks.

England head coach Fabio Capello has received criticism from the club after it was agreed Gerrard would play for an hour in London, but his evening was prolonged, ultimately resulting in his setback, but head of sports medicine and sports science Dr Peter Brukner remains philosophical.

He said:"Steven injured his hamstring last night. He's just been in for an early assessment here and it certainly looks like a significant hamstring injury.

"He's just heading off for a scan as we speak and we should have the results of that tonight. He's going to be out for a little while, I'm afraid. I'd imagine it could be three to four weeks.

"If you put your hand up to play for your country, you've got to accept how long they want you to play for," he said.

"There were obviously circumstances last night which came together to result in Steven playing for a bit longer than we'd hoped, which is disappointing but there's nothing we can do about that now.

"We'll move on and work as hard as we can to get him back playing for Liverpool as soon as possible."

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