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Thursday, 14 November 2013

England's Steven Gerrard has pain-killing jabs so he can be be part of Germany revenge mission

England's Steven Gerrard has pain-killing jabs so he can be be part of Germany revenge mission

Liverpool agree to hip-injury injections so captain can seek payback for 2010 World Cup exit against old rivals
Pain in Bloemfontein: Gerrard starts his countdown to Brazil 2014
Pain in Bloemfontein: Gerrard starts his countdown to Brazil 2014
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Steven Gerrard is putting himself through a course of pain-killing injections in a desperate bid to be fit to captain England against Germany next week.
Manager Roy Hodgson has been forced to rule skipper Gerrard out of Friday's Wembley clash with Chile because of the hip injury he aggravated in Liverpool's weekend romp over Fulham.
The Three Lions' boss is also going to be without Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker, struggling with a thigh problem, against the South Americans, while striker Daniel Sturridge has a sore foot.
Liverpool midfielder Gerrard is doing everything in his power to make himself available for Tuesday's glamour clash, as he wants to help England get partial pay-back for their 2010 World Cup elimination at the hands of the old enemy.
Gerrard, who had to train in the gym alongside Walker and Sturridge at Arsenal's London Colney complex on Wednesday instead of out on the pitches, has undergone the anti-inflammatory jabs - with the consent of Liverpool's medics - to try to ensure his availability.
Hodgson explained: "Steven's had an injection, so we hope he's okay to play against Germany."
The Three Lions' skipper is aware England could be paired with the Germans in the World Cup's group phase at next month's draw.
He feels England can strike a psychological blow ahead of any potential meeting in Brazil by consigning the memories of that loss in Bloemfontein to the back-burner with a Wembley win.
Hodgson wants to play his strongest possible side on Tuesday, but will give opportunities against Chile to those fighting to make his World Cup squad.
The FA have sold 60,000 tickets for Friday night, with more than 80,000 already gone for Germany - figures that left Hodgson asking: "Where else in the world would you get those gates for friendlies?"
The Southampton pair of Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, as well as Everton's Ross Barkley, are in line for first England starts in a side to be captained by Frank Lampard if the Chelsea midfielder shakes off the bug that curtailed his Wednesday involvement.
Fears that Sturridge might have sustained a small fracture in his foot have proved groundless, with the injury confirmed as a bruised bone.
The striker is still unlikely to be fit to take on the South Americans, though.
Wayne Rooney, however, is one of the players Hodgson hopes to utilise in both games.
The England boss held a detailed chat about Jack Wilshere with the midfielder's Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the start of the session.

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I really do not support sending players back to the field of play prematurely cos we all know there is some kind of side effect so my advice to steve is to stay off till he is fully healed and besides england will most probably loose to the germans again. well i won't bet against the germans at this time...

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