Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard will miss England’s European Championship qualifier with Wales after having surgery on his injured groin.
Gerrard has struggled with the groin problem for a month now, and looked well below par as Liverpool beat Manchester United 3-1 at Anfield last Sunday.
He also sat out last night’s 1-0 defeat away at Portuguese team Braga, and underwent surgery this morning.
Liverpool released a short statement on their website saying, “LFC can today confirm that Steven Gerrard has undergone successful surgery on his groin and will be out for up to four weeks.
“The decision was made following consultation with a specialist.”
The operation will leave Fabio Capello without his vice captain for England’s game against Wales later in the month, although with Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard both well in form that may not matter.
Kenny Dalglish may miss his skipper more with a return match against Braga coming up next Thursday and a trip to Wear side to face Sunderland on the Sunday.
Gerrard will also miss England’s friendly against Ghana but should be back for the end of the season.