EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool and England blow with Gerrard set for shoulder op
21:41 GMT, 23 April 2013
15:06 GMT, 24 April 2013
Steven Gerrard faces an operation on a shoulder injury that could rule him out of England's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.
Sportsmail revealed this morning that the England captain, 32, has been advised to have surgery after Liverpool's final Barclays Premier League game of the season against QPR on May 19.
Gerrard's ongoing problem with his shoulder will come as a massive blow to England's manager, Roy Hodgson, ahead of the two glamour games.
Blow: Steven Gerrard is expected to miss England's game against Brazil in June with his shoulder injury
He is expected to play in Liverpool's final four games of the season against Newcastle, Everton, Fulham and QPR before using the summer to recover.
The news has since been confirmed by Reds first team coach Mike Marsh.
'It's looking more and more likely that he might require surgery,' Marsh told Liverpoolfc.com.
'He has been playing with a shoulder injury for quite a while now. We'll try to find the right time for him to get it fixed properly.
'It's not ideal timing, it's going to take quite a while for him to heal. It's a funny injury – it's pretty similar to Joe Allen (who has already had surgery which has ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign).
'If it needs repairing, it needs repairing and when he's back fit, he's back fit. There's not much we can do about it.'
If, as expected, he undergoes an operation Gerrard is likely to miss internationals against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on June 2.
England play the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on May 29 and then travel to Rio de Janeiro to play Brazil in the Maracana on June 2.
Hodgson insisted after last month's disappointing draw against Montenegro in the World Cup qualifiers that he would pick his strongest squad for the two friendlies and he wants Gerrard, who has 102 caps, for both matches.
International duty: Gerrard is still expected to play in Liverpool's remaining four games of the season
England's manager is reluctant to pick young or inexperienced players for the games because he doesn't expect them to be selected for next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Despite Gerrard's commitment to his country, the Liverpool captain has been urged to have the operation at the end of the Premier League season.
Gerrard has played in all 34 games for Liverpool this season and scored nine goals.
He remains a crucial part of Brendan Rodgers' planning and is scheduled to return from the operation in time for pre-season.
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Gerrard also hopes to be fit for his testimonial game against Olympiakos, which has been scheduled for August 3 at Anfield.
Hodgson already has an eye on the end-of-season fixtures and sent his assistant Ray Lewington to Old Trafford on Monday to watch a number of players.
Rio Ferdinand was a substitute for Manchester United as they beat Aston Villa and secured the Barclays Premier League title.
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Ferdinand turned his back on his country last month and went to Qatar to work as an analyst for Al Jazeera.
Incredibly, Hodgson is preparing to offer the Manchester United defender another chance to resume his England career next month.