Steven Gerrard’s injury problems have not been eased by the summer break and he will miss the start of the new season after his troublesome groin injury became infected.
Liverpool’s captain is in hospital, for a course of antibiotic treatment. The 31-year-old has not played since March and he is out of Liverpool’s first three Premier League games, against Sunderland, Arsenal and Bolton. He also looks likely to miss England’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Wales. Liverpool’s trip to Stoke on 10 September has been pencilled in for a return.