Gerrard 'ready' to face Man City

17 November 2009 11:27
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is confident he will be fit to start against Manchester City on Saturday following a nagging groin injury.Gerrard came off the bench in the draw with Birmingham on 9 November, but was left out of England's last squad as he bids to regain full fitness. [LNB]He said: "I felt very tired after the Birmingham game. [LNB]"But I'm feeling a lot better now. The aim is to get a good week's training in so I'm ready for the game with City." [LNB]Gerrard admitted he was not "really ready to return" against Birmingham in what was his first match action since suffering the injury playing for England against Ukraine on 10 October. [LNB]He said: "I'd done very little training in the three weeks beforehand. It took me two or three days to recover from that game but I have spent the past week doing strengthening work. [LNB]"I'm looking forward to the weekend. There's no mental hurdle to cross. [LNB]"I've had a problem in my groin that has taken a while to get over but I'm just relieved the second injection seems to have done the trick." [LNB] Who should play for Liverpool against Man City? Gerrard is anxious to help Liverpool reignite their campaign - they have already lost five league matches and will exit the Champions League at the group stages if Fiorentina win at home against Lyon next Tuesday. [LNB]He has missed five matches for Liverpool this season, including the defeats by Sunderland, Lyon and Fulham and was also absent as England lost to Brazil on Saturday. [LNB]"Some of the lowest points in my career have come about when I have had to miss big games for Liverpool and England through injury," he told the club website. [LNB]"It's never easy when you have to sit out games against Manchester United or trips away from home in the Champions League. [LNB]"If the lads are winning games and doing well, it makes the pain a bit easier so obviously the last couple of weeks have been extra frustrating. [LNB]"But I'm feeling good now, a lot stronger than before and it's just a question of getting my match sharpness back now. That is the most important thing."

Source: BBC_Sport