Liverpool have been dealt a major blow with the news that midfielder Steven Gerrard will miss the next three weeks of first team action after picking up a hamstring injury during Wednesday night’s 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park.
The Reds skipper limped off after just sixteen minutes in the FA Cup Merseyside Derby defeat and a scan later revealed the England international has a tear in his left hamstring.
A spokesman for the club confirmed, “He will be out of action for about three weeks.”
The news means Gerrard looks set to miss tonight’s Premier League clash away to Portsmouth (5.30pm kick-off), next week’s international friendly between Spain and England in Seville, Manchester City‘s visit to Anfield on 22 February (3pm kick-off), the first, away, leg of the Champions League 2nd Round tie against Spanish giants Real Madrid on 25 February (7.45pm kick-off) and the trip to Middlesbrough in the Premier League on 28 February (3pm kick-off).
He may also be rested for the home game against Sunderland on 3 March (8pm kick-off), to make a comeback against Real Madrid at Anfield on 10 March (7.45pm kick-off).
Reds boss Rafa Benitez was disappointed with Gerrard’s imminent absence, but insists he has enough quality in his squad that he won’t be missed too much.
Ahead of tonight’s game, he told reporters, “We will try to work hard with him and give him time, so at this moment you have to think about different options up front or in the middle, but we have enough quality.”