Liverpool revealed this morning that club captain Steven Gerrard will miss the start of the Premier League season due to a groin problem.
The club’s official statement outlined the details of the injury: ‘Steven Gerrard today began a course of antibiotic treatment for an infection related to an ongoing groin problem.’
The press release continued: ‘He [Gerrard] is expected to remain in hospital for several days while the precautionary procedure is completed. The player will then return to Melwood to continue his rehabilitation programme and is expected to be available for selection in September.’
Gerrard, who didn’t take part in Liverpool’s pre-season trip to Asia, will now miss the club’s league games against Sunderland, Arsenal and Bolton but could be back in contention for the away trip to Stoke on 10 September.
It was already clear that the Liverpool captain would miss England’s friendly international against Holland on 10 August. However, the recurrence of his groin problem could see Gerrard miss the Euro 2012 qualifiers at the start of September when England face Bulgaria away and then Wales at home.
The one area in which Liverpool have an abundance of numbers in their squad is midfield. New arrivals Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing will be competing with Raul Meireles, Jonjo Shelvey, Alberto Aquilani, Lucas Leiva, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing and eventually Gerrard for first-team places.
Despite the glut of midfielders available to Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager will be hoping that Gerrard, still a talismanic figure at Anfield, makes a quick return to action.