Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard ruled out of pre-season tour to Asia

05 July 2011 11:44
By Telegraph staff

12:44PM BST 05 Jul 2011


While his team-mates fly out for the eight-day tour, which includes matches in China and Malaysia before training in Singapore, this weekend, Gerrard will remain at the club's Melwood training base and continue with his recovery from groin surgery in March.

"I'd really been looking forward to travelling out to China, Malaysia and Singapore and meeting first hand as many of our fans as possible, and I'm really sorry that I won't now be able to do that," he said.

"All of us at the club realise the incredible support we enjoy in these countries and how much it means to our supporters there.

"But after sitting down and talking with the medical experts and technical staff, it's been decided that the best course of action is for me to continue my rehabilitation programme at Melwood. It's disappointing I won't be with them, but I'm sure the lads who go out there will put a great show on for our fans."

Gerrard underwent an operation in early March to correct a troublesome groin problem which had been affecting him for some months. He was ruled out for the remainder of the season but last month hinted he may not be fully fit for Liverpool's early friendlies.

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