Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones feels that Liverpool won’t get a better opportunity to solve Gerrard’s injury problem.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is struggling to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League match against Fulham at Craven Cottage, and fears are growing that the Reds skipper might require surgery. The groin injury that Gerrard originally picked up on international duty with England has kept him out of Liverpool’s last two games and he continues to struggle to get fit. With the prospect of Alberto Aquilani coming into the side, and another international break on the horizon, is now the time for Liverpool to bite the bullet and get this injury resolved once and for all?
Steven Gerrard is undoubtedly a major player for Liverpool and his loss greatly affects the team. But the Reds managed to win against Manchester United at Anfield last weekend without him, and having Spaniard striker Fernando Torres back slightly cushions the blow of losing their captain for Liverpool. The groin injury must be starting to become a concern for manager Rafa Benitez, and the time may come where he says enough is enough and books Gerrard in for minor surgery. Despite having a massive Champions League match at Lyon in midweek, surely the international break represents an opportunity to keep the games that Gerrard will miss to a minimum.
Benitez himself has admitted that he is not hopeful on his captain lining up for Liverpool at the weekend. When talking about Gerrard and Torres, he told Sky Sports that “both have to keep going. Gerrard is still working with the physio so we will see. Hopefully, Torres will be okay, but for Gerrard maybe it more difficult.” So Benitez is obviously more hopeful on the fitness of Torres, but when Gerrard will return is unknown. But the longer Gerrard is sitting on the sidelines, the more time Liverpool are wasting, as the quicker he has surgery the quicker he will be back to full fitness.
Even though it is a tough decision to make and we don’t know the full extent of the injury, now seems like a good time for Gerrard to go under the knife. If he has the surgery now I would expect it is likely that it will keep him out for up to a month, and he may just get fit in time for the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park at the end of November. During that time Liverpool have two weeks off due to the international break, but The Reds do have a make or break trip to Lyon on Wednesday. But at the moment it looks unlikely that Gerrard will be fit for that match anyway, and Aquilani might even be fit to slot in.
Whether Steven Gerrard has surgery in the near future depends on how serious his injury is, but it looks like now will be the best time for him to go under the knife. With the international break coming up and Alberto Aquilani nearly ready to make his first start for Liverpool, there may be no better opportunity than the one that they are presented with now. Surely Liverpool have to make a bold decision and book Gerrard in for surgery, but if they don’t will they regret it later on in the season?
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