Injured Gerrard misses Asia trip

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will not travel with the rest of the squad for the forthcoming pre-season friendlies in the Far East.

Gerrard is strugling with fitness after missing the end of the 2010/11 season through injury.

Liverpool play Guangdong Sunray Cave in Guangzhou on July 13th, before a Malaysia XI three days later.

However the skipper will stay on Merseyside and is concentrating on getting back to action in time for the new Premier League season in mid-August.

A dissapointed Gerrard told the club’s official website, “I’d really been looking forward to travelling out to China, Malaysia and Singapore and meeting first hand as many of our fans as possible, and I’m really sorry that I won’t now be able to do that. All of us at the Club realise the incredible support we enjoy in these countries and how much it means to our supporters there.

“But after sitting down and talking with the medical experts and technical staff, it’s been decided that the best course of action is for me to continue my rehabilitation programme at Melwood. It’s disappointing I won’t be with them, but I’m sure the lads who go out there will put a great show on for our fans.”

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