Steven Gerrard to miss Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Asia

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will sit out his side’s pre-season tour of Asia, as the England international makes an effort to be fit for the start of the 2011/12 season. The 31-year-old has been sidelined with a groin injury since March, undergoing two operations in that time, and will remain in England to work on his fitness.

“I’m sure people will appreciate Steven giving himself the best opportunity to play against Sunderland on the opening day of the new campaign,” manager Kenny Dalglish told the club’s official website.

The Reds leave on Sunday for an eight day trip that includes fixtures in China and Malaysia, and training in Singapore, and Gerrard regrets not having the chance to travel with the squad.

“I’d really been looking to travelling and meeting first hand as many as our fans as possible. I’m really sorry that I won’t now be able to do that,” he stated.

“But after sitting down and talking with our medical experts, it’s been decided that the best course of action is for me to continue my rehabilitation programme at Melwood. It’s disappointing I won’t be with them, but I’m sure the lads who go out there will put a great show on for our fans,” the England man concluded.

The Whiston born player faces a race to be fit in time for the first fixture of the 2011/12 season, which is against The Black Cats on August 13th.