Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is to undergo pain-killing injections in order to be available for England’s friendly against Germany next week, according to reports on Thursday.
The 33 year old has been ruled out of Friday’s friendly against Chile with the hip injury he picked up against Arsenal a fortnight ago and saw him withdrawn early against Fulham on Saturday.
The Telegraph report that Gerrard is “so determined to face Germany at Wembley next week that he has had an injection in his troublesome hip”.
England manager Roy Hodgson is quoted explaining “He’s had an injection and he’s out of the Chile game but we’re hoping he will be OK for the Germany game.”
The news that Gerrard is to take injections in order to play in a friendly for England signals his intentions to beat David Beckham’s record of 115 appearances for his country – a record for an outfield player. Gerrard currently has 107 and is widely expected to retire after next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Liverpool fans will be hoping their captain is available on his return from international duty – The Reds face Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime.