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Gerrard to miss England and Reds games

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Liverpool fans have seen captain Steven Gerrard really struggling at the start of the season for match sharpness so it comes as no surprise to learn he needs a groin operation to solve a niggling problem.
GERRARD TO MISS ENGLAND GAMES

He played through the pain barrier on Wednesday night against Standard Liege to help secure Liverpool's passage into the Champions League proper but he was clearly below bar.

You can understand manager Rafael Benitez wants his star player missing as few Premier League matches as possible so he has to forego two England World Cup qualifiers instead, against Andorra on 6 September and Croatia four days later.

He will have surgery on Thursday so is definitely out of the Aston Villa match on Sunday but could also miss the Manchester United game on 13 September as well.

What do you make of the timing of the op and how much are England and Liverpool going to miss Gerrard?

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posted Aug 29, 2008

These England games will give Lampard the opportunity to prove he can cut it at international level. Everyone says that Frank and Stevie G cant play in the same team and what have England actually achieved whilst Gerrard has been picked ahead of him.

I would play, Barry and Lampard in CM with J Cole out wide on the left and Beckham on the right.

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posted Aug 29, 2008

I don't see how England is going to take Croatia unless the rumors about Billic leaving for West Ham seriously unsettle the team.

This all but forces him into a traditional 4-4-2, given that he has only one holding midfielder in Barry. But without a clinical finisher of a striker that formation is left without its needed power in the front.

The best bet in this case would be to try to run a strikerless formation a la Man U. Put Rooney and Walcott up front, Cole, Lampard, and Bentley as the attacking wings. Bring Beckham in as an impact sub.

But it's not ideal.

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posted Aug 29, 2008

"As for Gerrard I reserve my criticism for Liverpool FC if they have not informed the England set up of this injury and operation. Frankly that would beggar belief."

Rest assured if they didnt, and it not be practical if they did, the media would certainly be on the blower to FC about it. It's not something a football club could withhold about, particularly someone of Gerrard's status.

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posted Aug 29, 2008

Paul Scholes has made it crystal clear that he no longer has any desire to play for England! He obviously wants to stay in Fergie's good books.

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posted Aug 29, 2008

Me,too!

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posted Aug 29, 2008

I don't know why people are saying that Gerrard will miss England's two qualifiers.

I caught sight of somebody's newspaper at work and it definitely said "Gerro out for England games".

I don't know who "Gerro" is, but apparently he injured a groin just like Gerrard. Thankfully though they didn't mention Gerrard's injury at all so presumably he's fine. Just this "Gerro" chap who's out, but I've never seen him play for England so I'm sure we'll cope without him.

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comment by Aladin (U12327355)

posted Aug 30, 2008

Gerrard is the head and heart of Liverpool and England, he'll be missed throughout horribly but, i think his health is much more important ,, for him, for his family, and for all of us.. in the future....<injured>

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posted Aug 30, 2008

Gerrard is NOT the heart of England - ne's a waster

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posted Sep 1, 2008

Do you think Gerard will be ready for the CL clash at the Velodrome? (I hope not....)

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posted Sep 4, 2008

good!!

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