Gerrard ruled out until September
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is a major doubt for England's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales after being ruled out until September with an infection related to his troublesome groin problem.
Gerrard had been undergoing rehabilitation from groin surgery that ended his season in mid-March and manager Kenny Dalglish had expected him to be back for the start of the new campaign.
However, a statement on the club website revealed he will not be available until September after being hospitalised for treatment, leaving him struggling to be ready for England's trip to Bulgaria on September 2 and visit of Wales four days later.
"Steven Gerrard today began a course of antibiotic treatment for an infection related to an ongoing groin problem," the statement read.
Gerrard, who sat out the club's brief tour of the Far East, will therefore miss Liverpool's Premier League fixtures against Sunderland, Arsenal and Bolton, with the trip to Stoke on September 10 a possible target for his return.