Steven Gerrard Injury: Updates on Liverpool Star's Hip, Likely Return Date
Updates From Thursday, Nov. 21:
Gerrard needed a pain killing injection to get through England's game with Germany, but Rodgers did not seem concerned at Thursday's press conference, per the team's official site.
It's very simple; he's a brilliant professional. He is someone that manages his body really well - he knows he's got a superb medical team here to support that.
The training methodology helps him because he's working in different spaces and different exercises on a daily basis. That takes away a lot of impact and physicality.
He just manages himself really well. He knows his body. Over the last 18 months, you only need to look at his record since we came in - it has been very good.
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 19:
Steven Gerrard has attempted to allay any fears for club and country over his hip injury, after revealing he would take a pain-killing injection to feature in England's clash with Germany.
Gerrard said, per John Cross of the Daily Mirror:
I think I proved in the last tournament I was fit and available for all the games in a short space of time, so I’m assuming it will be the same in Brazil.
I wouldn’t have the injections if I didn’t feel any benefit. The reason I went in for these recently is because I’ve felt so good physically over the last couple of years.
I’m alright. I’ve been carrying a niggle for the past two or three games around the hip area, so I’ve had some treatment in my back area – as I have done for many years to stay on top of it. It’s a lot better than it was a week or 10 days ago.
Updates from Thursday, Nov. 14:
Steven Gerrard is expected to lead England when they welcome Germany to Wembley on Tuesday.
The Liverpool skipper is attempting to manage a hip problem so that he doesn't miss important games for club and country, and is a confirmed absentee for Friday's clash with Chile. Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail writes:
Steven Gerrard will have a pain-killing injection in a hip injury so that he can face Germany on Tuesday.
The England captain is out of the World Cup warm-up against Chile at Wembley. Head coach Roy Hodgson said: ‘Gerrard misses Chile but he’s had an injection and I hope he will be fit for Germany.’
Updates from Wednesday, Nov. 13:
Steven Gerrard will play no part in England's friendly with Chile as Roy Hodgson gives him time to rest a hip problem.
BBC Sport reports:
Henry Winter, of the Daily Telegraph, added:
Walker/Gerrard out of #eng game v Chile. Lampard 'under the weather' (but he is training)— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 13, 2013
Updates from Tuesday, Nov. 12:
Steven Gerrard is expected to be left out of England's friendly against Chile in order to give him time to rest his hip problem.
Steven Gerrard is out of England's clash with Chile - leaving Frank Lampard to captain the side in his 103rd appearance.
Liverpool star Gerrard is currently playing with a hip problem which is causing manager Brendan Rodgers concerns.
And England boss Roy Hodgson wants to avoid creating further worry so will leave him out of Friday's match to ensure he is fit and ready for the prestige friendly against Germany on Tuesday.
Updates from Monday, Nov. 11:
Gerrard now joins up with the England setup for friendlies with Chile and Germany, but Brendan Rodgers is concerned over both he and Daniel Sturridge—per Sky Sports:
Steven was a wee bit stiff around his hip and he needs to be assessed.
They are going to have a look at Daniel, too. He has some soreness and actually hurt his foot against Fulham.
I just have to see how he is with the medical guys.
He took a knock towards the end, with his hip. I'm not sure the complete diagnosis on it.
Stevie's been brilliant for me, it was a tough game for him, but we'll assess his injury and see where he's at.
A potential absence for Gerrard in the Nov. 9 clash against Fulham would once again deny Rodgers the chance to field his best attacking players on the same pitch.
Liverpool began the season without Luis Suarez, and then lost Philippe Coutinho prior to the Uruguayan’s return from suspension. Coutinho is now back, having played 45 minutes against Arsenal, but Gerrard is not a guarantee to start against Fulham.
If there was one game for which Liverpool could happily lose their skipper, though, it would surely be for the visit of the London club. The Cottagers look like relegation material, having lost their last three games in all competitions.
Rodgers could field Jordan Henderson alongside Lucas Leiva at the base of his midfield, with Coutinho drafted into the starting lineup in place of Gerrard.
England boss Roy Hodgson will also be interested as he prepares his squad for November friendlies with Chile and Germany, for which he will want his skipper available.
Hodgson should seemingly not be unduly concerned, according to Rodgers, although Gerrard’s absence would create the chance to examine a few of England’s fringe players such as Jack Wilshere, Tom Cleverley and Ross Barkley.
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