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Reds await Gerrard scan results
Published : 09 Apr 2009 16:30:00
Liverpool are awaiting the results of a scan that could rule Steven Gerrard out of the Champions League quarter-final second-leg at Chelsea. Gerrard had the scan on his troublesome groin problem on Thursday afternoon, and the club may not have the results until Friday morning. The 29-year-old arrived at the club's Melwood training complex on Thursday for fitness tests which were reviewed by Liverpool's medical team before it was decided he needed a scan. The England midfielder struggled with the injury during Wednesday's 3-1 first-leg defeat by Chelsea, when he was man-marked by Michael Essien. Gerrard was sidelined in February with a hamstring injury sustained in the FA Cup trilogy with Everton, and he has also suffered previous groin problems this term. Before the Chelsea defeat there had been fears Gerrard was still struggling from the ankle injury that forced his precautionary exit from Saturday's win at Fulham. But Gerrard trained with the squad on Monday and Tuesday, and was passed fit to play. But now Liverpool are bracing themselves for Gerrard missing Saturday's home Premier League game with Blackburn as well as the quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge next Tuesday. Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was concerned about his captain's fitness after the Blues match. He said after the game: "Steven was not 100%, you could see that. It was the same for Fernando Torres, you could see that they were a little tired, not as sharp as before. "But they have been playing well and we felt it was okay to use them both in this game. We need them. "But credit to Chelsea, they were always controlling Steven and making it difficult for him to play. "He was not as mobile as normally, Chelsea made it very difficult for him. "But the difference in this match was that Chelsea played really well and we didn't."The injury he had on Saturday was not the problem, his ankle was okay."