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Gerrard to miss Germany

16 Nov 2008 - 14:52:56

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has joined the lengthy list of absentees from the England squad to face Germany after being forced to pull out of Wednesday's friendly with a leg muscle problem.

The Reds skipper was likely to lead Fabio Capello's side in Berlin with regular captain John Terry struggling with a foot problem.

But Gerrard picked up an injury of his own during Saturday's 2-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers and will now not join up with the England squad ahead of the trip to Germany.

The midfielder has joined the likes of Manchester United pair Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand, plus Chelsea duo Joe Cole and Ashley Cole in pulling out of the squad.

However, he is expected to be back in action in around seven days, which means he is likely to be fit for the Reds' next game against Fulham on November 22.

"Steven picked up an injury in yesterday's game at Bolton," revealed Reds spokesman Ian Cotton.

"A scan this morning (Sunday) has confirmed a tear in the adductor magnus muscle in his right leg and he is expected to be out between seven to ten days."


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