Liverpool Football Club have moved quickly to rubbish rumours that Steven Gerrard has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation following shoulder surgery.
The Reds skipper missed the final games of the Premier League season last month to undergo the surgery in order to be fit in time for the new campaign in August.
There had been speculation on Wednesday suggesting Gerrard could miss the start of the 2013/14 season.
But Liverpool said in a statement:
A newspaper report published on Wednesday suggested the 33-year-old has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation – but the club can report that Gerrard’s recovery remains fully on track.
As stated originally, the club’s medical team are confident that the midfielder is on schedule for his comeback and expect Gerrard to be fit and ready for pre-season training.
Gerrard appeared at Anfield with his arm in a sling a few days after the operation when Liverpool finished the season with a 1-0 victory over QPR.
Gerrard was also sidelined for the England national team’s recent friendlies at home to the Republic of Ireland and against Brazil in Rio.