• Internationals

Gerrard knee injury to be assessed

ESPN staff
November 12, 2012
Steven Gerrard suffered a knee injury during Liverpool's draw against Chelsea © PA Photos

Steven Gerrard will have to pass a fitness test if he is to secure his 100th England cap this week after picking up a minor knee injury during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

The England captain is poised to reach the milestone in the Three Lions' friendly against Sweden on Wednesday, but he has a minor medial ligament problem.

Gerrard picked up the injury midway through the second half and, despite carrying on until full-time, there is some concern over the midfielder's fitness.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is hopeful Gerrard will be okay, but is unlikely to be willing to allow his skipper to play in Wednesday's friendly if he is not 100 per cent fit.

"I think Steven will be alright," Rodgers told Liverpool's official website. "He has just opened up his medial ligament a bit. He has got some ice on his knee and we'll find out the full extent later on."

The Football Association confirmed on Monday that Gerrard was expected to travel to Sweden after a precautionary scan.

"Steven Gerrard will have a precautionary scan this afternoon, having reported for England duty on Sunday evening following Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Chelsea," said a statement. "Gerrard is expected to be fit to travel to Sweden where he is in line to win his 100th cap for his country."

England boss Roy Hodgson's plans for the friendly have been hit by a string of withdrawals, Gerrard's team-mate Jonjo Shelvey among them.

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