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Gerrard set for short absence

18 Nov 2008 - 09:18:50

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez believes Steven Gerrard will have recovered from the groin injury that has forced him to miss England's friendly international against Germany before the end of the month.

The Reds announced on Sunday that the midfielder sustained the problem in the 2-0 victory at Bolton Wanderers and would be unavailable for England's game in Berlin.

Fabio Capello then asked Gerrard to be assessed by England's own medical staff in London amid speculation that there was conflict between the Reds and the national team.

However, the tests backed up Liverpool's claim that Gerrard was unfit, with Benitez saying of the recent train of events in The Times: "We had to do a scan after the Bolton game because Steven said he had some pain in his groin.

"It is not a massive problem and we hope he will be ready to return in seven to ten days."

Meanwhile, the Football Association's director of communications, Adrian Bevington, is satisfied with the situation, saying: "It's just very unfortunate that we've got a lot of players who are regulars in the squad who are not around.

"The fact is that players have been down and have been assessed and we are satisfied that these players have legitimate injuries.

"The medical scans show it up, so there shouldn't be any suggestion or innuendo otherwise. The players are absolutely gutted that they are not able to play for England in Berlin on Wednesday night."


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