Mixed news for Gerrard

16 August 2007 02:01
Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will be available for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Chelsea despite suffering a hairline fracture of his toe, but is likely to sit out England's friendly against Germany next week. Gerrard limped off after 65 minutes of the Reds' Champions League third qualifying round 1-0 first leg victory over Toulouse on Wednesday after being caught by the French club's midfielder Pantxi Sireix. However, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez expects to name his talismanic captain in the line-up to face Chelsea at Anfield, but was at pains to stress that Gerrard would require immediate rest afterwards. That would rule him out of England's high-profile friendly against Germany at Wembley next Wednesday. "He has a hairline fracture in his toe. I think he will be available for the weekend. The only problem is, if we push him now, he might need a little bit of a rest afterwards," Benitez told the club's official website. "I was talking to the doctor and he said it is not a big risk for him to play, though there is always some risk. "If we want to push him for this game, it would be a risk to push him again and again, because it could become more serious. "I still need to talk to (England coach) Steve McClaren but I think he will understand it would be a big risk."

Source: ESA