There are growing fears at Anfield surrounding Steven Gerrard’s groin injury which has kept him out of action recently.
The Liverpool skipper will miss today’s Premier League clash against Fulham, having only played around 25 minutes of football since picking up the injury on international duty three weeks ago.
The Telegraph reports this morning that Gerrard may have to undergo an operation to fix the problem before it escalates into a long-term nuisance.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez says big decisions over how to handle the injury must be made over the next few days, with Gerrard’s return to action date still unknown.
He said, “Gerrard is improving but the next week will be crucial in terms of any decision about what we will do with him.
“I have talked to him today, he is working with the medical team and his progress is slow, but we will then have to decide what to do if he is not progressing as quickly as we would hope.
“He has had this problem for some time but when he has a lot of games for his club, as well as the national team, it is not easy to give him a rest.
“We will try to manage this differently in the future but we always have the same problem, that he wants to play in every match.”